Injustices done to me, asserts Vinod Kambli

Vinod Kambli asserted that "injustices" had been done to him and he proved the selectors wrong with his scores and by coming back nine times.

updated: July 20, 2009 08:54 IST
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Cricketer Vinod Kambli on Saturday asserted that "injustices" had been done to him and he proved the selectors wrong with his scores and by coming back nine times.

"Yes injustices have been done to me but not by all selectors and my nine times come back to top cricket proved them wrong and every time I had deserved my place," Kambli who recently kicked a controversy about injustices and racial discrimination, reiterated at a press conference here on Saturday.

Even when his childhood friend Sachin Tendulkar was skipper and included him in the team, the selectors told Tendulkar, "you have inducted Kambli because of your friendship." Tendulkar replied to the selectors that his (Kambli's) inclusion was purely on his performance.

"Legendary cricketer Mohinder Amarnath had made come backs eight times but I have done for nine times. I have not hung my boots and have no immediate plans for retirement," he said with confidence. "Some cricket is still left in me." Facing a volley of questions on the "injustices", Kambli said very soon they would be revealed without elaborating how and when.

On his reported remarks that his best friend Tendulkar did not lend support to him in the later stage of his cricket career, Kambli said, "you watch the TV show."

"It was misinterpreted and one who has written the news reports should undergo polygraph test," he said.

Describing the BCCI as "parents", Kambli said he has never spoken against the cricket body. To a question that BCCI has come out with statistics showing his declining performances over a period of time, Kambli said his performance then, was matching today with some of the players.

Admitting that he talked to Tendulkar first time after the recent controversy, Kambli said he (Tendulkar) had just returned from London and "we enjoyed gossiping today".

"Didn't you notice?" he asked while referring to today's felicitation where their mentor Ramakant Achrekar was felicitated.

To a question that by controversial remarks against Tendulkar, did he not hurt the fans, Kambli said "our fans know our friendship. Our fans are common."

Kambli who is vice-president of Lok Bharti, a political outfit said he has not made up his mind to contest the forthcoming State Assembly elections. But it all depends on political situation and if people wish, he would certainly contest.

Even during Lok Sabha polls, all political parties including Congress, Shiv Sena and MNS had approached him to fight April polls but he had declined the offer.

"I want to fight out injustices done to people of Maharashtra and Lok Bharti will emerge as third alternative before the state electorate, he said. "We want to change the leadership and present government and give chance to youth," he added.