New Delhi, Dec 14: A day after slamming the powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over payment of his dues, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said his comments were taken out of context.
‘I am extremely disappointed by the media reports after my show on NDTV about the offer made to me to come on board the IPL. Since I did not give any interviews to any other media outlets I presume that the quotes wrongfully attributed to me have been taken from the TV show. I am writing this to clarify any misconceptions that may have been created through published and telecast news items over the past couple of days,’ Gavaskar said in a statement.
Gavaskar reportedly was upset after the BCCI at its working committee meeting here Monday turned down his offer of $1 million per season for media and governing council related activities.
Gavaskar said he never said ‘BCCI has made an U-turn on my contract.’
‘The word ‘u-turn’ has been making headlines in many media. I wish to state clearly that these specific words were never uttered by me. All that I said was that ‘I was baffled by the turn of events,” he said.
‘I have also not said that Mr. Sharad Pawar and Mr. Arun Jaitley both promised me that my dues will be cleared. This is completely untrue. Mr.Jaitley in fact was only the receiver of the confirmation from Mr. Pawar that I had indeed been made a renewed offer and he in turn conveyed that to the Working Committee. Beyond that Mr. Jaitley has had no role to play in the episode,’ he said.
Gavaskar said he is yet to receive any official word from the BCCI.
‘I haven’t as yet heard anything from the BCCI about the decision that was taken by the working committee and therefore I am not in a position to say anything further on the matter which is exactly what I said on the show too,’ he said.