He initially said he "wasn't sure if a person like Kale could do such a thing". He backtracked, saying "there is no smoke without fire".
"If Kale is not proven guilty, how will the BCCI compensate him? I feel for the young man. I've been through all this and support him."
The Hyderabad player claimed middlemen for a national selector offered him a place in the national team in 1998. He didn't take names.
"Kale is an integral part of Indian cricket and therefore it is only fair the BCCI appoint a lawyer for the accused as well."
The former BCCI secretary says Kale will come out clean. "This is not the first time such a thing has happened," he says.
He was a member of the national selection committee in the late '90s. Is he the selector Vanka Pratap refuses to name?