I still feel like touching Kapil's feet

Published: Friday, June 9, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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'I still feel like touching Kapil's feet'

Prabhakar said he was shocked to find that all those whom he approached to reveal what allegedly happened in Colombo, were also allegedly involved.

"I had tape-recorded evidence, but it was not enough. So I looked for a better way to record their evidence. This idea was perfect," he said.

"Those people were forcing me to sit back and listen to what they said when I went to them to talk about this, without telling them that I was carrying a camera."

Admitting that the use of hidden cameras "appears to be slightly" unethical, Prabhakar insisted that the end justified the means. "I am a human being. Everyone is human and make mistakes. I do not think what I did was wrong in any way. I just did not want to repeat mistakes. When mistakes are repeated, then they become real crimes," he said.

Prabhakar claimed that he did not want publicity. He only wanted his name cleared. "I think my job is over. It is for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to decide."

For most of the cricketers he once played with, Prabhakar has almost become a pariah. The former Test cricketer, however, said that he did not expect anybody to support him.

"Not even my family. I did what I felt was right. It is up to them to decide whether or not they should support me," he said, adding that his wife Sandhya stood by him right through.

"My best friend is myself," a seemingly disappointed Prabhakar said. "I do not care what others think. I did what I thought was right. So many people are advising me even now, saying do this, do that. I am listening to all of them. But in the end I will do what I feel like. That is a fact."

On the charges of fraud in a chit fund case, he said, "I never cheated anybody. I know who is behind it. I prefer to stay calm," he said.

As a parting shot, he added, "Indian cricketers should learn from South African cricketers. At least now they should come out with the truth."

India Abroad News Service

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