Tanjil backtracks on Santokie allegations

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Tanjil Chowdhury, also a Bangladesh Cricket Board director, had raised alarm with a statement in the media where he voiced suspicion over an awkward wide and no ball bowled by Krishmar Santokie in the same over of the opening game of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 last week

Sylhet Thunder team director Tanjil Chowdhury has backtracked on his allegations against the team sponsor and West Indian bowler Krishmar Santokie.

Tanjil, also a Bangladesh Cricket Board director, had raised alarm with a statement in the media where he voiced suspicion over an awkward wide and no ball bowled by Santokie in the same over of the opening game of the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 last week. 

The BCB director had also questioned the intentions of Thunder team sponsor Jivani Footwear Company, and asked the BCB to look into the matter.

However, Tanjil backtracked on his comments through a post on social media Sunday.

It seems Sylhet Thunder pacer Krishmar Santokie’s awkward noball and wide delivery in the Bangabandhu @BCBtigers Bangladesh Premier League Twenty20 did not go unnoticed as English journalist and author @barneyronay tweeted his disbelief on social mediahttps://t.co/SZLqMTEMsv#BR

“I would like to take this opportunity to give clarification on recent reports in the media entailing the alleged integrity issues of Thunder overseas player Krishmar Santokie and thereof (by association) sponsor Jivani FCL and all its stakeholders,” Tanjil said in the Facebook status.

“Contrary to speculation made in various reports, I would like to explicitly express my assurance that to the best of my knowledge the sponsor and management of Thunder are not involved in any form of unsporting or unlawful practice and that Thunder have my unconditional support as team director,” he added.

Regarding the Santokie no ball and wide, Tanjil said: “The incident with Santokie is an alleged anti-corruption matter, which the relevant authorities (ACU) are responsible for investigating independently, and Thunder shall extend its cooperation where deemed necessary.

“However, Krishmar shall continue to be part of ST as an integral player and have the management, coach and teammates’ full support unless or until found guilty/sentenced formally,” the BCB director added.

#BBPL #T20 Technical Committee will not act on #Santokie no ball https://t.co/166GoIJdXm

Losing three in as many games, Sylhet are at No 6 in the points table for the seven-team tournament.

“To all our stakeholders, well wishers and fans, I would humbly reassure that Thunder albeit a disappointing start to the season shall continue to give their best efforts on and off the field, the confidence reposed on us by the people of Sylhet and fans of cricket in Bangladesh and across the globe shall not go unaccounted,” the team director said.

“Lastly, I would strongly urge the media, fans and cricket lovers to support Thunder through this testing period which clearly has had an adverse impact on the confidence of this very youth centric team,” Tanjil added.