Well played! 'Dalit' Vinod Kambli hits BJP MP out of the park for dragging him into casteism row

Updated: 31 December, 2016 12:14 IST | mid-day online correspondent |

Vinod Kambli is embroiled in a new controversy with a BJP MP dragging his name into allegations that there's discrimination in BCCI's selection process. The former India cricketer's response is brilliant

Vinod Kambli dogged by fresh controversy with BJP MP alleging discrimination in BCCI's selection process
Vinod Kambli has been dogged by controversies time and again and the latest is a BJP MP dragging his name into allegations that there is discrimination in BCCI's selection process 

Controversy seems to follow Vinod Kambli like an faithful dog. It catches up with the former Mumbai cricketer when he is not looking and sometimes even when he hasn't called it.

On Wednesday, Kambli's name was dragged into a fresh controversy through no fault of his after a BJP MP from Delhi, Udit Raj, claimed that the former cricketer's Dalit background was responsible for his exclusion from cricket. Mind you, he didn't just mean the Indian or Mumbai cricket teams, but from any role in cricket itself.

Udit Raj tweeted, "Vinod Kambli you should not be shy of accepting that you are a Dalit and that was the reason of your exclusion from cricket." 

Kambli may not be playing cricket, but the 44-year-old former cricketer hit the BJP leader out of the park immediately. He took to Twitter to reply to the politician and strongly said that he didn't support such statements. He further issued a clarification that he had never made any statement supporting reservation in cricket or suggesting that there was discrimination in the selection process in Indian cricket.

Raj alleging that there is discrimination based on caste in Indian cricket and his suggestion of there should be reservations in the selection process got panned on Twitter as well with Twitterati terming the statement divisive. Twitterverse expressed the belief that reservations should be there only for tickets and hotels.

Kambli and Twitter taking on the politician and shutting him down is worthy of a slow clap.


Udit Raj
Udit Raj

But a defiant Udit Raj, who is also the chairman of All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations, stuck to his stand that Kambli had indeed spoken about discrimination and claimed that the former Mumbai cricketer was "running away" from his statements.

First Published: 29 December, 2016 07:00 IST

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