Dinesh Karthik had landed himself in hot water when he was seen in a Trinbago Jersey, while watching the match from the dressing room during the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 encounter in the West Indies. This prompted the BCCI to issue a show cause notice and it asked why his central contract should not be cancelled. Karthik tendered an "unconditional apology" for violating BCCI's central contract clause by watching a Caribbean Premier League game from the Shah Rukh Khan co-owned Trinbago Knight Riders' dressing room. The BCCI Karthik's unconditional apology for violating the clause of his central contract and considered the matter to be closed.
Karthik is the captain of IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders but being seen in a Trinbago Jersey, while watching the match from the dressing room, prompted the BCCI to issue a show cause notice, asking why his central contract should not be cancelled. Karthik, in his reply, submitted that he went to Port of Spain on KKR coach Brendon McCullum's request and watched the match wearing the TKR jersey on the New Zealander's insistence.
"The BCCI has accepted Dinesh Karthik's apology and the matter is now a closed chapter," a Board official told PTI. As per the central contract, Karthik, who has played 26 Tests and 94 ODIs for India, should have taken permission from the BCCI before attending the match. His contract bars him from being associated with any private league.
Indian cricket team players are forbidden from participating in any other foreign leagues as the BCCI has been reluctant to issue no objection certificates to the players who want to play. Irfan Pathan was the first Indian to be picked in the Caribbean Premier League draft lottery but the BCCI did not issue the NOC which would have made him the first Indian to play in an overseas Twenty20 tournament.
During the World Cup, Karthik was promoted ahead of Dhoni in the semi-final against New Zealand in Old Trafford. The plan backfired and India crashed out of the tournament with an 18-run loss. Head coach Ravi Shastri opened up and explained the strategy behind the pivotal decision, which almost turned right for the team until Martin Guptill delivered an extraordinary effort on the field.
“It was a team decision. Everyone was in with it — and it was a simple decision, too. Last thing you wanted was Dhoni coming out to bat early and getting out — that would have killed the chase. We needed his experience later. He is the greatest finisher of all times — and it would have been criminal to not make use of him in that way. The whole team was clear on it,” Shastri was quoted as saying in an interview to Indian Express.