Azharuddin is now in a party which suits his skill.
New Delhi: Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin, on Friday, denied allegations from his ex-team mate Vinod Kambli which said that the 1996 World Cup semi-final against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata was fixed.
Azharuddin, now a Congress MP from Moradabad, said the decision to chase was a collective decision and the team took the blame for the loss against eventual champions Sri Lanka.
“In the team meeting it was decided that we would bowl if we win the toss. In the last match (group stage) against Sri Lanka we lost despite scoring 271 at the Ferozeshah Kotla. So we decided to do something different at Eden Gardens and the decision was taken unanimously at the team meeting. I think Kambli is just talking rubbish and making these statements… he has showed his class. He has betrayed the team,” said Azharuddin, who was given a life-ban by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after being found involved in the 2000 match-fixing case.
Asked whether the semi-final match was discussed when the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) interrogated him on the match-fixing case, Azharuddin said, “My case is still pending in the High Court and I don’t wish to comment on the case. When my name is cleared everybody will come to know the truth… I am not affected by the allegations.”
- You: Kambli claims India-Sri Lanka WC 1996 semifinal may have been fixed (nation.com.pk)
- Match-fixing is not done yet (myhistoryisinteresting.blogspot.com)