Saturday, November 19, 2011

Crucial Decisions and presence of Match-Fixers in World Cup Semi-Final 96 raised doubts : Vinod Kambli

Former Indian Batsman Vinod Kambli has leveled Match-Fixing allegation against his Team Mates, over crucial decisions and presence of established Match-Fixers in the Team, during the World Cup Semi-Final 1996 between India and Srilanka in Kolkata.

Vinod Kambli emotionally said, that he "doubted" the Semi-Final. He said the Team had decided at its pre-match meeting to bat first if India won the toss and he had noticed that opener Navjot Sidhu had padded up before the toss, as was his habit, indicating that if India won the toss, he would be batting first.

Kambli then said, he was surprised when India decided to field first. The Semi-Final was abandoned following crowd trouble after India, chasing 252, were 120 for 8 - they were 98 for 1 at one stage - with Kambli unbeaten on 10. Kambli said, he would never forget the match because his career had ended after that game. "This ended my career. I was dropped from the team, I was made the scapegoat," he said.

Importantly, some of the Indian players, including the Captain Muhammad Azharudin, were later handed bans by Board of Cricket Control (BCCI) after finding them guilty of Match-Fixing.

Azharuddin was handed a life ban by the BCCI in 2000 after a Federal Inquiry found him guilty of Match-Fixing.

Other players in the 1996 World Cup Team, who were later banned by BCCI for involvement in Match-Fixing, were Ajaz Jadeja and Manoj Parbharkar. Both players were banned for five years in 2000.

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