BCCI refutes reports of players' night-out before Asia Cup final

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/y/yuvraj_ap.jpg' class='caption'> After a Pakistan newspaper said Indian players had an all-nighter at a Karachi beach party, the BCCI said the report is incorrect.

Updated: July 13, 2008 07:55 IST
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New Delhi:

The BCCI on Thursday denied that they were probing the incidents leading to India's Asia Cup defeat, in which three key players performed poorly after having allegedly spent the previous night at a beach party.

Ratnakar Shetty, the chief administrative officer of the Board, said the three players in question - Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma - were not at an all-nighter in Karachi, as was reported by local daily Jang.

Shetty told NDTV that on the said night, the Indian team was with BCCI officials attending a function organised by the Asian Cricket Council. The night before, they were out for a private dinner, he said.
Shetty added they were not gathering any details into the claims made by Jang.

BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla told PTI that there was nothing to probe into the matter.

"We are not probing anything about the party. There is nothing to probe since the team management did not lodge any complaint about any player," Shukla said.

According to the newspaper, the trio spent the night at Karachi's famous French beach with a couple of their local friends who had thrown a party for them.

The report, quoting sources, said Yuvraj, Rohit and Raina had gone to the beach with their friends immediately after attending the ACC awards ceremony at the Mohatta Palace the night before the final.

"Their friends had arranged a big party for them at the beach which is a hot-spot for those belonging to the upper crest of society. And the three players returned to their hotel early morning from the beach," the report said.

"After a few hours the Indian team went into battle against Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final," it added.

Incidentally, all three failed to score runs in the final. Yuvraj was bowled for a second ball duck by Ajantha Mendis, while Raina (16) and Rohit (3) too fell to the Sri Lankan spinner who took six for 13 to guide Sri Lanka to a thumping 100-run win.

The report went onto say the three players had a blast in the party and as a result, they couldn't get proper rest for the final.

"The signs of tiredness among these players was obvious when they entered the field," the daily said.

It also noted that the absence of the three players from their hotel for the night was surprising given the security blanket thrown for the Asia Cup by the local authorities.

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