Munaf Patel lands in hot water for sending death threat to Vadodara cricket chief

Munaf at present serves as the mentor for the senior teams under Baroda Cricket Association.
Munaf Patel lands in hot water for sending death threat to Vadodara cricket chief  Munaf Patel was the star bowler for India in the 2011 World Cup. (Photo: Getty)
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Former India cricketer and 2011 World Cup winner Munaf Patel is once again in the news following a fresh controversy which has come into limelight after he allegedly sent death threats to Vadodara-based Cricket Hitrakshak Samiti (CHS) chief Devendra Surti.

According to a report in The Indian Express, Devendra Surti told the police that Munaf is "threatening to kill him" but the former fast bowler has rubbished the allegations leveled against him. Surti told police that he was targeted because of the anti-corruption fights the CHS has been taking up against the Baroda Cricket Association. Munaf at present serves as the mentor for the senior teams under BCA.

"I have been raising my voice against corruption in the cricket association and this is why I am being threatened. I want the police to know that if something happens to me and my family, then Munaf Patel should be held responsible," said Surti.

Munaf has shot down the claims and said that his name is being "unnecessarily dragged into the matter".

"My name has been dragged into the matter for no reason. I have only played cricket and would continue to do that throughout my life. He has issues with the selections, but I am a team mentor and have no role to play in selections. My name has been unnecessarily dragged into the matter and the allegations are completely baseless," said Munaf 

Police inspector at Navapura police station, R M Chauhan said, "We have received the application from Surti. However, he has not filed any police complaint and therefore no FIR has been lodged in the matter."

Munaf Patel retired from the sport in November last year after having represented India in 13 Tests, 70 ODIs and 3 T20Is since making his debut at Mohali on March 9, 2006. He was also part of India's 2011 World Cup-winning team and finished the tournament as the third-highest wicket-taker for the eventual champions, behind Zaheer Khan and Yuvraj Singh.

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