Decision on Kale likely today

KOLKATA, JUNE 1. The fate of Maharashtra cricketer Abhijit Kale, facing bribery charges, would be decided when the three-member Disciplinary Committee of the BCCI meets here tomorrow.

The three-member committee, headed by the BCCI President, Jagmohan Dalmiya, concluded its hearing on the issue on May 15. Vice-Presidents, Kamal Morarka and Ranbir Singh Mahendra, are the other two members of the committee.

The crucial meeting is being held after two rounds of hearing amidst reports that Kale had admitted that he tried to bribe his way into the Indian team.

Both Kale and the board president, however, have refused to comment on the reports.

The bribery issue, the biggest controversy to hit Indian cricket since the 2000 match-fixing episode, came to light in mid-November when the two selectors, Pranab Roy and Kiran More, alleged that Kale had offered Rs 10 lakh to each of them for a place in the Australia-bound Indian team last year.

Based on the complaints, the board suspended Kale and ordered an inquiry by Chairman of the Bar Council of India D. V. Subba Rao. The inquiry found prima facie evidence against Kale on the basis of which the board's disciplinary committee framed charges and issued a show cause against the cricketer.

The board had earlier heard all the parties — national selectors More and Roy as also the accused batsman. Kale was also given an opportunity to cross-examine More and Roy and vice-versa.

The two selectors had brought one witness each during the last hearing to buttress their charge that Kale had tried to buy his place into the Indian team. — PTI