Mumbai: Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar lashed out at the media for framing him guilty of breaking the protocol and helping IPL Kochi franchise to seal the bid in their favour. He told reporters, “I don’t even know the investors. I am presumed guilty by the media.”
Elaborating about his silence over the issue in the past few days, Gavaskar said, “No, I was not asked about me being approached. All I have told them (Kochi IPL) that the rule of the game is that you need to give the highest bid, it is the norm everywhere. In the eyes of Indian media you are guilty till proved innocent.”
Gavaskar further added that he was not dropped from the BCCI commentary panel and he would be at work soon. “I’m doing commentary for New Zealand series,” he said on being asked about the theory that he had been sacked owing to his links with the beleaguered IPL team that has been served with a 30-day termination notice.
Gavaskar, who was recently dropped from IPL governing council, in a statement yesterday had said that he would take a decision only after the club resolves its internal issues.
‘They have asked me, individually and collectively, to come in for the cricketing part of the team. I will take a call once the internal issues are resolved,’ Gavaskar said in a statement from Dubai.
‘I have been approached for taking care of their cricketing operations and there is nothing in writing. Let all their internal issues get resolved and afterwards, maybe, I will take a call on that. The association as of now is pretty much in the air and things like formal association is not there,’ Gavaskar was quoted as saying by a news channel.
Gavaskar said he was approached earlier also by other franchises even before the first auction.
‘Kochi is not the only franchisee which has approached me. I have been approached by many other franchises even before the first auction was done. Nothing has come through. Basically, they talk about the cricketing aspect. But I am not so sure what I am getting at,’ he said.
‘Nothing can be said further till what’s happening today and tomorrow. Once BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) takes a decision tomorrow, then one can react about the future association with the Kochi franchise. If that does not happen, I am quite happy for what I am doing at the moment,’ he said.
On reports of having stakes in Kochi IPL, Gavaskar said: ‘That is not correct at all. Nothing to do with investing. Absolutely nothing.’