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It was a joke, being made into a mountain out of molehill: Farokh Engineer over ‘serving tea’ comment on Anushka

Farokh Engineer had criticised the selectors and stated that all they did was serve Anushka Sharma 'cups of tea'.

After Anushka Sharma lashed out at detractors over alleging her interference in BCCI through a poignant post on Twitter, the former India cricketer Farokh Engineer has come up with a justification on his statement after he had said that all that the BCCI selectors did during the World Cup in England earlier this year was fetch “cups of tea” for actress Anushka Sharma, the wife of India captain Virat Kohli.

Engineer said that the comment was made in jest and that he never intended to demean Anushka. “I just said it in a jest and it’s being made a mountain out of a molehill. Poor Anushka has been dragged into it, she is a lovely girl. Virat Kohli is a brilliant captain and coach Ravi Shastri is extremely good. The entire matter is being blown up unnecessarily. It turned out to be a selector as he was wearing an all India blazer”, said Engineer.

The 82-year-old former wicket-keeper had stirred controversy by dragging Anushka’s name while launching an attack on the Supreme Court-appointed Committee Of Administrators (CoA), which was in charge of the BCCI for 33 months before the recent election, which saw Sourav Ganguly become president.

Calling them “honeymooners” and a “Mickey Mouse selection committee,” in an interview with The Times of India, Engineer had said: “All they were doing was getting Anushka Sharma cups of tea. I feel people with the stature of Dilip Vengsarkar should be in the selection committee.”

Miffed over the allegation accusing her of interference in the selection process of BCCI, the Bollywood actress and producer in an emotional post had refuted all the accusations meted out at her in present as well as in her past.

Without taking any names, Anushka Sharma has hit out at former Indian wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer’s comment saying that if one wants to criticise the selection committee they are free to do so but she does not appreciate that her name is dragged into the controversy to sensationalise the news.

 

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