The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday (September 16) accepted Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik’s unconditional apology for violating a clause of his central contract by watching a Caribbean Premier League (CPL) match from a participating team’s dressing room.
Karthik, who is the captain of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, tendered an “unconditional apology” for watching Shah Rukh Khan co-owned Trinbago Knight Riders game from the team’s dressing room and violating BCCI’s central contract clause.
“The BCCI has accepted Dinesh Karthik’s apology and the matter is now a closed chapter,” a Board official told PTI.
As per the central contract, Karthik should have taken prior permission from the BCCI for attending the match.
The player who has played 26 Tests and 94 ODIs for India is signed under a contract that bars him from being associated with any private league.
Karthik was seen watching the match sporting a Trinbago Jersey regarding which the BCCI issued a show-cause notice and asked why his central contract should not be cancelled.
In his defense, the Indian cricketer submitted a reply, stating that he went to Port of Spain on KKR coach Brendon McCullum’s request and watched the match wearing the TKR jersey on the New Zealander’s insistence.
“I wish to tender unconditional apology for not seeking permission from BCCI prior to embarking on this visit,” Karthik wrote in his apology letter.
“I wish to reiterate that I have neither participated in any TKR related activities nor played any role whatsoever for TKR,” he added.
The Tamil Nadu keeper has also assured the BCCI that he “will not be seated in the TKR dressing room for the remaining matches”.
(With inputs from PTI)