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Nobody can undo those traumatic days: Kapil

Published: Wednesday, November 1, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: India's cricketing icon Kapil Dev might be a relieved man after getting a clean chit from the CBI in the match-fixing inquiry, but he is hurt as his name being dragged into the scandal and peeved at the media for ''blowing up the baseless allegations'' against him.''I do not want to say anything now. Nobody can give me back those days when my entire family was traumatised by the allegations,'' Kapil told UNI on Wednesday.''My mother is happy now and that makes me feel very good,'' said the former Indian captain, who got India's only World Cup victory during his illustrious career.The match-fixing scandal in Indian cricket peaked with former all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar alleging that Kapil had offered him Rs 25 lakh to under perform in a match against Pakistan during the Singer Cup series in Colombo in 1994.During its inquiry, the CBI deeply delved into Kapil Dev's possible role in match-fixing and related malpractices, but found no evidence to corroborate Prabhakar's allegations and analysis of his telephone and cellular phone calls has so far not revealed any contact between betting syndicates and him. The agency questioned a host of cricketers, including Kapil and Prabhakar, and others whose names carried allegations.Ironically, the agency has named Prabhakar along with four other cricketers - Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja, Nayan Mongia and Ajay Sharma - besides former team physiotherapist Dr Ali Irani, in its report on match-fixing.''Now it is up to the media to write about me, and the whole truth. When the allegations were flying thick and fast, my name used to appear on the front pages,'' Kapil said while coming down on the media for putting him at the epicentre of the scandal that hit Indian cricket in the last few months, particularly after the sensational exposure of former South Africa skipper Hansie Cronje.Kapil insisted that he had ''Nothing to say about cricket'' to anyone after having severed all links with the game. ''My letter to BCCI President A C Muthiah was my final shot. I do not want to speak about anything related to the game anymore,'' the world's second highest Test wicket-taker said.He wrote a strongly-worded letter to the BCCI president last month while resigning as the coach just ahead of the camp for the ICC Knock Out tournament in Narobi. Kapil not only turned down BCCI's offer to continue as coach, but also harped on the unprofessional running of the cricket Board and declared severance of all ties with the game.''If this is what I get after 20 years of service to the game, it is not worth having links with it,'' Kapil said and added there would be no rethinking on his part, ''my letter to BCCI was my final word.''Kapil said his entire family had to ''Pass through hell'' during the past few months. ''My mother, wife and daughter were under great stress in the wake of media reports. We spent sleepless nights,'' he said and asked,'' can the media give us back those precious days.'' While the investigations were on by the CBI, officials of the Income Tax Department searched the residential and business premises of a number of cricketers, including Kapil, besides administrators of the game and those alleged to be bookies during countrywide raids in July. The department's report on any undisclosed income or unexplained investment (on the basis of the bank accounts and other documents seized during the raids) is under preparation.UNI

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