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Robin lashes out at fixing allegations

Prathibha Parameswaran | February 16, 2007, 5:31 PM IST

New Delhi: Former India all-rounder Robin Singh has lashed out at the Maharashtra Police for dragging his name in the recent match-fixing controversy.

Robin, who was in Cuba when West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels was allegedly taped in a phone conversation leaking out match information to alleged bookie Mukesh Kochchar, rubbished allegations of him being involved.

"Well, first of all I had no clue because I was coming back from Cuba. And most of these West Indian guys, I know them from a very long time. So these are courtesy demands that I actually spent a little time with him. And it's a pity that something like this has come up with absolutely no basis at all. So, for me it was a shock," Robin said.

Robin continued that he wasn't suspected even when the match-fixing issue gripped the cricketing world, when former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin and late South Africa captain Hansie Cronje had been handed life bans.

"Even during the height of the match-fixing issue in the late 90s and early 2000s, I was never in the picture at all. And today, for something like this to happen, I think its very ridiculous," Robin added.

Robin Singh, who was born in the West Indies, said neither the BCCI nor the police bothered to confirm why his name was dragged into the matter.
"Unless the BCCI has some sort of system where they are able to confront the press, confront the police. Even the police themselves need to have a system where at least before releasing any information, they have to be absolutely sure about it. And similarly with the press, I mean they are equally responsible," an angry Robin continued.

The former all-rounder said a cricketer is left helpless at such instances when his reputation has been tarnished.

"When we play for India, we are responsible for our performances, right? Everybody comes out, they shout at us if you don't do well, that's the first thing that media do. Okay, they have a right to do that if you don't do well. But when it comes to people's reputation, and I'm sure it's not just myself, there are many others who would have been in this sort of situation and you are literally helpless."

Robin also pointed out that welfare associations formed by the cricket boards are unable to provide any refuge, for a member of such association can never have a say before the board.

"We are cricketers. I think we play cricket, and that's about it. I can come across very few cricketers who you can even talk to, and would stand up for you. And they have this players' association formed, which is of no basis at all. So, I don't know why they form these associations in the first place," Robin said.

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