International Cricket Council (ICC) president Sharad Pawar yesterday joined the Indian cricket board (BCCI) in dismissing former player Vinod Kambli's claims of possible corruption in India's 1996 World Cup semi-final loss to Sri Lanka.
A teary-eyed Kambli recently told a television channel he had doubts about some of the decisions, including opting to bat first, taken in the Kolkata match, which Sri Lanka won by default following crowd trouble at Eden Gardens.
Chasing 252 for victory, India suffered a batting collapse and slumped to 120-8 when a violent crowd stopped the game and Kambli left the ground sobbing.
Pawar had his doubts about the allegations made by a former cricketer known for his headline-grabbing penchant.
"If he is honest and committed cricketer, he should have informed all. Even if he knew something, he kept quiet," Pawar told Indian media.
"I honestly feel his allegations are an irresponsible statement. I would rather go by what (former India captains) Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar or Ajit Wadekar say.
"Had he (Kambli) focussed more on his game, he could have been an asset for the team, just like (contemporary Sachin) Tendulkar," Pawar added. (Source: Gulf-Daily-News)
Comments - 4
Shan Sunday, 20 November 2011 01:26 PM
Poor Kambli, Is he trying to come to play cricket or trying for a post of Commentator
J.D Sunday, 20 November 2011 05:35 AM
Imran Hussein Sunday, 20 November 2011 06:12 AM
Kambli is seeking publicity and was a poor cricketer who had no say in the Indian team then apart from lobbying for Tendulkar like Gavasker.
Nodrog Sunday, 20 November 2011 08:46 AM
Please give him the physiatric help he needs.
Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.