The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has accepted Dinesh Karthik’s ‘unconditional apology’ after the keeper violated a clause on his central contract. He was spotted in the Trinbago Knight Riders’ (TKR) dressing room in the team’s first match in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). The game was against the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.
Karthik was seen sitting beside Brendon McCullum, who was recently appointed as TKR’s head coach. The camera constantly focussed on the Indian cricketer, who was wearing the Knight Riders’ jersey. TKR, captained by new West Indies’ skipper Pollard, won that game by 11 runs.
Dinesh Karthik’s matter is a ‘closed chapter’
As far as the 34-year-old’s Karthik’s matter is concerned, an official of the world’s richest cricket board said that the issue is now a ‘closed chapter’ “The BCCI has accepted Dinesh Karthik’s apology and the matter is now a closed chapter,” the official was quoted as saying in The Hindu. Karthik’s contract bars him from being associated with any private league around the globe.
After Karthik’s attendance during the game, the BCCI sent him a show-cause notice, asking him to explain why his contract shouldn’t be cancelled. Thereafter, the Tamil Nadu cricketer made an apology, saying that he went to the TKR dressing room on the insistence of McCullum, who was also appointed as the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
McCullum has been a part of KKR since the first season and he retired from all forms of cricket after the 2019 Global T20 Canada. Earlier this year, Jacques Kallis bid adieu to KKR as the head coach after joining the team as a player back in 2011. Simon Katich was also a part of the Knights’ and he has now joined the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for the upcoming season.
Coming to Karthik, he didn’t have a great campaign in the 2019 World Cup. Thereafter, he played only a solitary game in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). The veteran missed out on India’s tour of the West Indies and hasn’t been picked for the T20I series versus South Africa as well.
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