Mumbai: Ever since Navjot Singh Sidhu left the 1996 tour of England in a huff, the cricketing world has been searching for the real story behind his move. The basic assumption of it having something to do with his then captain, Mohammed Azharuddin was not off the mark, but the Indian cricket board did not reveal what exactly went wrong in England.
While Sidhu, now a popular television personality, continues to stay away from talking about it, J Y Lele, the then secretary of the BCCI reveals what transpired on that tour in his autobiography I Was There - Memoirs of a Cricket Administrator.
Lele writes that Sidhu simply refused to reveal details of the incident in a probe conducted by the BCCI when the team returned from England. "Each committee member tried his best to extract the reason. Sidhu was firm that it was his mistake to return in such a manner and he was prepared to face the consequences," writes Lele after describing how the first meeting of the disciplinary committee meeting in Mumbai failed to nail the problem.