Dinesh Karthik has made an unconditional apology to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for violating its central clause by watching the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise Trinbago Knight Riders, which is owned by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
Karthik received the notice from the BCCI for violation of his national contract, according to which he could not participate, in any capacity, in a league besides the IPL without a No Objection certificate from the BCCI.
The wicketkeeper-batsman was seen wearing a Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) jersey and sitting in their dressing room while there is an opening CPL match going on between TKR and St Kitts & Nevis in Port of Spain. He was seen mentioned in a letter to BCCI that he went to the match on the invitation of the Trinbago head coach Brendon McCullum.
Later, after having received a show-cause notice, he went on apologized for not seeking permission from BCCI prior to his visit and also requested the board to excuse his oversight.
“I haven’t participated in TKR in any capacity,” – Dinesh Karthik mentioned.
“My coming to Trinidad was at the invitation of head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders, Brendon McCullum, who also happens to be the head coach of TKR. He felt that it’ll be useful for me as a captain of KKR, to come for some discussions with him in regard to KKR.” – Dinesh Karthik said.
“During the 1st TKR game on Sept 4, he had invited me to watch the game from the dressing room, which I did & also wore TKR jersey. I wish to tender my unconditional apology for not seeking permission from BCCI prior to embarking on his visit,” – Dinesh Karthik stated.
A BCCI functionary stated that Karthik had apologized and said that it clarifies with IPL franchises that Indian players cannot be asked to be present in such manner in foreign leagues.
“Karthik realizes the mistake as a contracted player of the BCCI and has apologized unconditionally. The IPL franchises will also be made to understand that such a scenario shouldn’t arise in the future where Indian players are seen in foreign leagues without the permission of the BCCI,” – the functionary explained.
Karthik states, 'My coming to Trinidad was at the invitation of head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders, Brendon McCullum, who also happens to be head coach of TKR. He felt that it'll be useful for me as a captain of KKR, to come for some discussions with him in regard to KKR.' (3/3)
— ANI (@ANI) September 8, 2019