Paying to play?

Affidavits filed against Kale

Wisden Cricinfo staff

May 3, 2004

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Kiran More and Pranob Roy, the two selectors who accused Abhijit Kale of bribery, have filed separate affidavits supporting their claims.

According to a report in The Times of India, More's wife submitted an affidavit claiming that Kale's mother had travelled from Mumbai to the More residence in Gujarat, while the other statement - by one of Roy's friends - claimed that Kale offered them a bribe at an airport.

Currently being questioned by a disciplinary committee, Kale is unlikely to contest More's wife's claims - Kale told the committee that his mother had submitted his fitness certificate while she was in Gujarat - but will challenge the other affidavit. With lawyers barred from the disciplinary hearing, Kale will cross-examine Roy's friend.

Kale's claims of innocence were upheld by Sourav Ganguly, who came out in support on a television news channel. "I find it difficult to believe that Kale offered bribes to the selection committee," he said. "I have known him for a very long time and he is not the sort of person who will offer a bribe to anyone."

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