MUMBAI: Ranjib Biswal, manager of the Indian team at the ICC World Twenty20 in the West Indies, brushed aside reports that some Indian players were involved in a ‘pub brawl' at Gros Islet, St. Lucia.
Speaking to The Hindu after the team returned home on Friday morning, Biswal said: “First of all Tequila Joe's is not a pub, it's a Mexican restaurant that also sells liquor. It's like many other restaurants in the West Indies. The Indian players reached the restaurant around 9.30 p.m. The Sri Lankan and New Zealand cricketers, too, were there.''
Biswal added that some American Indians then started abusing the Indian players. “Ashish Nehra asked them not to abuse the players. The bouncers of the restaurant threw the American Indians out,'' said Biswal.
The former Indian under-19 captain and National selector said coach Gary Kirsten advised the players on all aspects of the game right through the tournament.
“He also spoke to the players after the last match against Sri Lanka, and in particular, about the series in Zimbabwe, the Asia Cup and the long series in Sri Lanka.'' — Special Correspondent