London: The ICC on Tuesday directly laid the blame on BCCI for the Indian cricket team’s absence at the Annual Awards function last night, saying it’s a ‘shame’ that the Indian players skipped the event.
ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat insisted that they had informed the BCCI about the function much in advance.
Lorgat said that “It was quite disappointing that the Indian team did not attend the Awards function last night. I know for a fact that my team had invited them some months back. We probably have confirmation of their likely attendance and in fact the very date was scheduled around their availability in London. Well, they haven’t and England team has attended.”
Lorgat added that “I know for a fact that they were invited. We sent those invitations through the BCCI. Perhaps that’s the question which should be asked to the BCCI.”
ICC CEO said that the massive gathering at the ceremony was disappointed to not find Indian players.
However, Indian team manager Shivlal Yadav said that he was informed only at 12 noon by an ICC communication officer by which time the players were already away, several shopping, some sight-seeing as this was their final day of stay in London.