Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik has been asked by the BCCI to explain his presence in the Trinbago Knight Riders dressing room during the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2019 clash on Thursday.
Karthik’s presence in the Trinbago dressing room was spotted by broadcasters during the CPL clash against St. Kitts and Nevis at Port of Spain. The Trinbago and Kolkata franchises are both owned by the same group (Knight Riders) with Brendon McCullum currently serving as the head coach for both teams.
The BCCI has taken cognizance to Karthik’s appearance in the CPL with the wicketkeeper batsman supposedly violating the terms of his central contract. BCCI’s central contracts currently prohibit players from participating or appearing in overseas tournaments and sporting events without obtaining a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the governing body first.
According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, Karthik has been issued a notice to that regard by the BCCI chief executive Rahul Johri with the player asked to explain his presence in the Trinbago dugout.
Dinesh Karthik hanging out with Baz in the Knight Riders locker room, in their first CPL match. pic.twitter.com/YY1ZZbXfDm— That nice guy (@Uglybuoy) September 5, 2019
Karthik has a week to respond to the notice following which the three-member Committee of Administrators (CoA) will adjudicate on the matter.
34-year-old Karthik was recently axed from the India limited-overs squads following the team’s semi-final exit in the 2019 World Cup in England. The wicketkeeper batsman failed to find a place in either the ODI or T20 squads for India’s recently concluded tour of the West Indies.
The Tamil Nadu has been with Kolkata Knight Riders since 2018 when he was roped in to replace Gautam Gambhir as skipper. He led KKR to a third-place finish in the 2018 edition of the IPL but the franchise failed to make the play-offs in the most recent edition earlier this year.
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