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Azhar was not putting 100 per cent

Published: Wednesday, November 1, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: Indian master blaster Sachin Tendulkar told the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that during his tenure as Captain he felt that Mohammed Azharuddin was not putting in 100 per cent effort and he suspected that his predecessor was involved with some bookies.He told this to investigators during his examination in Mumbai, when asked if he suspected the involvement of any Indian player in matchfixing.About the India-West Indies match at Kanpur in 1994 when Manoj Prabhakar and Nayan Mongia batted slowly, he stated that he was the vice-captain during that match and was absolutely sure that there were no instructions from the team management for Prabhakar or Mongia to bat slow.Sachin said he was so upset with their approach that he did not talk to them after the match. Prabhakar had later claimed that Mongia had informed him about the management's instruction to play slowly and not to lose the wicket. Mongia did not confirm who had given such instruction.In a disclosure which cleared the air around the country's best all-rounder Kapil Dev, Sachin told the agency that the decision against enforcing a follow-on in a test match against New Zealand at Ahmedabad in 1999 was the team management's and not of any individual.The one-day record holder for maximum centuries said the decision was taken jointly by him, coach Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble and Ajay Jadeja, since the bowlers, especially Javagal Srinath, had insisted that they were very tired. Kapil was being held responsible for the decision as reports had indicated that the captain, Tendulkar, had stoutly opposed the decision of not enforcing a follow-on. The media also carried certain reports that the decision was guided by bookies.The 162-page CBI inquiry report said: ''By the end of the third day's play when New Zealand had lost around six wickets, Sachin had thought to himself that he would enforce a follow-on the next day. However, the New Zealand innings dragged on till after lunch the next day and by then, he Coach Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble and Ajay Jadeja decided that a follow-on would not be enforced since the bowlers, especially Srinath had insisted that they were very tired.''It was a collective decision not to enforce follow-on. On being asked whether anybody could have influenced this decision since the bookies in Delhi allgedly knew one day in advance that a follow-on will not be enforced, he accepted that it was possible.''About Shobhan Mehta, the Bombay bookie who was allegedly present at Sachin's wedding, the cricketing genius stated he had never met this person (Mehta) nor invited him to his wedding. There was tight security during the wedding and only select persons were invited and nobody witout a proper invitation could have gate crashed, he told the CBI. ''All speculations about me and Mehta are absolute rubbish and I have never even met him any time in my life,'' he said while recording his statement in Mumbai.UNI

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