BCCI show cause notice to six Indian cricketers for pub brawl

The Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) has issued show cause notices to six members of the Indian cricket team that took part in the T20 World Cup, for allegedly being involved in a pub brawl in St.Lucia in the West Indies on May 11.

The notices were issued to Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Rohit Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Piyush Chawla and Ravindra Jadeja.  A source in the BCCI said that the show cause notices were signed by Board secretary N. Srinivasan and had been served to the players. Of the six players, Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra and Rohit Sharma will also be left out of the selection process for the team for the Asia Cup to be held in Sri Lanka next month.

The decision to serve the notices was taken by the BCCI President Shashank Manohar after the World Cup team manager Ranjib Biswal submitted his report regarding the performance of the team during the course of the tour and the reasons for their exit from the tournament in the Super Eight stage. Biswal was present in the pub called Tequila Joe during the brawl and has included the first-hand account of the entire incident in his report which was presented to the Board on Saturday. Media reports suggest that the brawl took place between the six cricketers and fans who abused the cricketers for failing to reach the semi-final stage of the tournament. The cricketers reacted to the verbal abuse, which led to the brawl.

The Board had earlier warned the players, before leaving for the tournament, about staying away from controversies. Players were also given instructions to avoid stepping out of their hotel rooms past 9.30 pm. They were also asked to obtain special permission from manager Biswal, in case they needed to leave the hotel for a meal.

The Board, however, did not take any action against captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and they appreciated his handling of the incident. Other players who were present in the pub but not were not part of the brawl were also let off with a warning.

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