London: Haroon Lorgat, ICC CEO, has lashed out at the Indian cricket team for giving the ICC Annual Awards function a miss on Monday night.
"I am very disappointed that the Indian team did not attend the award function last night," Lorgat said.
Indian cricketers were conspicuous by their absence at the ICC Awards with the team manager claiming that the invitation came far too late even though a few of the side's players were there in the list of the nominees.
To this Lorgat said: "I know for a fact that my team had invited them some months back. We send those invitations through the BCCI and perhaps this question (why the team was absent) must be asked to them."
FULL AUDIO OF LORGAT'S TAKE ON INDIA'S ABSENCE
Rajiv Shukla, a senior functionary of the BCCI who attended the function, wasn't aware that the Indian team wouldn't be turning up for the function. "I thought those who have been nominated would be attending the function," Shukla said.
Lorgat also added: "We had the confirmation of their likely attendance. In fact the very date was scheduled around their visit and their availability in London. On the other hand, the England team had attended the function."
"In fact everybody who was in attendance last night was disappointed that India was not there. It is a great shame and very disappointing. India had a fantastic
year. They were not so long ago the No. 1 Test team in the world; they won the World Cup in such a great style. There were many great fans and people looking forward to their attendance," he added.
Lorgat also slammed Indian skipper MS Dhoni for not being present to collect his Spirit of Cricket Award. "The Spirit of Cricket Award went to MS Dhoni for that wonderful leadership that he showed when he called back Ian Bell. It was a well-deserved award and it was a shame that he wasn't there to accept it."