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BCCI secy fires salvo after Pietersen picked for Pataudi Lecture

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

BCCI today fired a fresh salvo after was picked to deliver the Annual MAK during its Awards function in Bengaluru on June 12.

While Chaudhary had earlier expressed his strong reservations at the panel that was shortlisted (Kumar Sangakkara, Nasser Hussain, and Kevin Pietersen), he is livid with GM (Operations) for ignoring the names of Indian stalwarts of yesteryears.

Chaudhary had suggested the names of Erapalli Prasanna, Abbas Ali Baig, -- all of whom have played alongside Tiger.

The in an email (in possession of PTI) took a sarcastic dig at former stumper Karim after the latter in an email said that "he was happy to announce that has agreed and confirmed to deliver the MAK "

"GM (Operations) expression of happiness on it had left me wondering on whether the was indeed MAK Memorial Lecture or Sir or for that matter Sir Frank Woolley Memorial lecture," Chaudhary wrote with reference to former England legends.

The former top cop expressed his dismay that Karim didn't follow-up on his suggestions and didn't communicate on the subject.

He had five specific questions for Karim, 1) How was the list of four arrived at without adverting to conversations on very subject on May 8 in Bengaluru? 2) Why 75 per cent of the names were that of foreigners? 3) Relevance (of Pietersen) delivering the lecture was not explained? 4) Why was Sangakkara's unavailability not recorded when had said that he was open to other names? 5) On basis of which authorization was jump made to Pietersen's name without seeking authorization to do so?

The accused Karim of not disclosing his suggestions with the CoA and making decision in an unilateral manner.

Referring to Karim's earlier mail when the panel of four was shortlisted, he wrote: "Significantly, the prose inexplicably left out the discussions held at on the subject two days earlier. It is obvious from the context that the CoA learnt of it first only with the proposal email on the 10th (May)."

While concluding, Chaudhary has asked for a "rectification" as significance of the Lecture is being derailed.

"Unable to stomach the ease with which the significance of the Lecture was being derailed, as also the fact that GM (Operations) had solicited our views in his email, I wrote an earnest email to attempt rectification, if possible.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 17:35 IST