Time for Azhar to take a stance: Ganguly

The time has come for Azhar to clear his name, said Sourav Ganguly about the comments made by Vinod Kambli.

Time for Azhar to take a stance: Ganguly

New Delhi: Mohammad Azharuddin should take a strong stance following the claims made against him by Vinod Kambli and put an end to all the "whispers" surrounding the former skipper's name, says Sourav Ganguly.

"Azhar should take a stance. It's upto him how he deals with it. But the time has come for Azhar to clear his name.

"There are too many whispers going around," Ganguly said when asked about Kambli's claims that the 1996 World Cup semi-final between India and Sri Lanka could have been fixed.

Ganguly also rubbished Kambli's claim that the match at the Eden Gardens ruined his career.

"His (Kambli's) claim that his career was finished because of that game is rubbish. How can that game ruin his career, he was not out then," Ganguly told a news channel.

Ganguly said the decision to field could have been the result of Sri Lanka's earlier league match against India at the Feroz Shah Kotla, where Sri Lanka chased down 270-odd runs with ease.

"I can sympathise with Azhar. I can understand the reasons of putting Sri Lanka in. If you remember Sri Lanka chased 270-odd runs in Delhi in an earlier match."



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