Kambli allegations are irresponsible: Pawar

"I would rather believe in what Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar or Ajit Wadekar say."

Kambli allegations are irresponsible: Pawar

New Delhi: Terming Vinod Kambli's allegations that India's 1996 World Cup semi-final against Sri Lanka may have been fixed as "irresponsible," ICC president Sharad Pawar said he would rather believe in what players like Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly have to say on the matter.

"I honestly feel that his allegations are irresponsible statements," Pawar said on a day when a defiant BCCI refused to give importance to Kambli's allegations despite the call for a probe by Sports Minister Ajay Maken.

"I would rather believe in what Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar or Ajit Wadekar say."

Pawar, a former BCCI chief, said if Kambli was an honest cricketer, he should have made the allegations after the tournament in 1996, instead of raking it up now.

"If he was an honest and a committed cricketer, he should have spoken about it then. But he kept quiet, so I hold him irresponsible," said Pawar on Saturday.

Pawar also said that he felt Kambli did give much importance to cricket during his playing days.

"If he (Kambli) had given importance to cricket, he could have been like Sachin Tendulkar. But consistency was always a problem with him," Pawar told a news channel.

Kambli has created quite a flutter by claiming that something was "amiss" in India's loss in the 1996 World Cup semi-final against Sri Lanka. That led Sports Minister Maken to ask the BCCI for a probe, saying or else his Ministry might order it.

But senior cricket board official Rajiv Shukla said Kambli's claims were not worth investigating.



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