Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Gulf News and its quote maker in Kolkata

By John Cheeran
A fellow blogger points out how a gentleman named D Datta manufactures quotes of international cricketers for Gulf News and makes a living out of it. Readers of Gulf News Sport section are subjected every other day to an interview from this quote maker from Kolkata – one day it is with Brian Lara, the other day with Gordon Greenidge and then, you have Sarfraz Nawaz.
Does he speak to the cricketers he allegedly interviews?
This blogger friend doubts. He points out the Zaheer Khan interview by D Datta published by Gulf News on April 8, 2008.

Wisden honour will motivate me to perform better - Zaheer

What was the recipe of your success?

I want to credit the Derbyshire Cricket County Club for the success. I was then out of the national squad, but Derbyshire helped me to get back into rhythm. My sincere thanks to Graeme Hick too, who was inspirational at the initial stages.

D Datta claims Gulf News spoke to Zaheer Khan.

Zaheer or Graeme Hick never played for Derbyshire.

For the record, ZK represented Worcestershire. Hick is a Worcs legend...

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