BCCI Anti-Corruption Official Soumen Karmakar Asked Devang Gandhi To Leave The Dressing Room After Former Captain Manoj Tiwary Cited Anti-Corruption Rule.
National selector Devang Gandhi on Thursday suffered embarrassment. When he asked to leave the Bengal Ranji team dressing room for breach of protocol. A charge rejected by him. The incident happened when the second day’s play held up due to bad light. And Gandhi entered the dressing room. Looking for team physio. BCCI anti-corruption official Soumen Karmakar asked Gandhi to leave the dressing room after former captain Manoj Tiwary cited anti-corruption protocol. This specifies that only players and team support-staff can be present in the dressing room.
National Selector Devang Gandhi
“We have to follow what is contained in the anti-corruption protocol. A national selector cannot get in the dressing room without authorization. Only the players and officials who have their mug-shots at the entrance can get access in the dressing room,” Tiwary said.
Devang Gandhi though said he did take permission from the anti-corruption officer before entering the dressing room.
“I had absolutely followed each and every protocol. I invited by Bengal coach Arun Lal to the dressing room. He was my first captain. I had a back issue, so I took permission and asked the Bengal physio to come to the medical room. But Manoj seemed to have issues with it,” Devang Gandhi told PTI.
The East zone selector said Tiwary. Who has played under him in a couple of Ranji seasons, did something which was uncalled for?
“It’s not me but the entire Bengal cricket fraternity is feeling bad about it. I have nothing against Manoj. It not a great example set (by Tiwary) for youngsters,” he added.
According to sources, the matter will report to BCCI President Sourav Ganguly.
The play was held up twice due to bad light in the first session with a partial solar eclipse as Bengal’s first innings folded for 289.