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IPL sting: Shalabh denies fixing charges

Deborshi Chaki & Diptosh Majumdar | May 15, 2012, 10:37 AM IST

New Delhi: Under the spot-fixing cloud, Kings XI Punjab player Shalabh Srivastava on Tuesday denied his involvement in the sting operation carried out by a national news channel, alleging corrupt practices in the ongoing Indian Premier League. Speaking exclusively to CNN-IBN, the medium-pacer from Uttar Pradesh said he was shocked by the news. “I am shocked… What the TV channel [India TV] has done is wrong... I have never seen anything like this in the IPL... I will take legal action against the people who have done this,” said the 30-year-old bowler. Shalabh also said that he was approached by a certain group, claiming to be the members of a sports management company. But he denied contacting them. “These people who approached [me] have been in touch with me for the past year. They told me that they belong to a sports agency... I have not agreed to any deal,” he said. Shalabh also termed the whole incident as disgusting because he hasn’t played a single game for Punjab in the ongoing season. “I have not bowled a [even a single] no-ball. In fact, I have not played any IPL or Ranji [Trophy] match this year,” Shalabh, who has played 14 matches for KXIP in the past two seasons, said. He also added that he has full faith in the BCCI and if asked by the board, he is ready to face any inquiry. “I have complete faith in the BCCI. They have their own anti-corruption unit. If they ask me to appear before any such panel, I will do it willingly.” He also said that he has got support from his franchise, which has been in touch with him ever since the news broke out. “People from Kings XI [Punjab] have been in touch with me. I have their support and they trust me,” he added.

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