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Thatscricket- Cricket News - Fixing cannot be a one-man show: Azhar

Published: Monday, January 15, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: Banned cricketer Mohammed Azharuddin has demanded a comprehensive and unbiased probe into India-New Zealand Test match played in Ahmedabad isn 1999 in which host did not force the follow on and it ended in a draw. In an interview to Outlook Magazine, Azhar said ''Yes, it is very important that it (Test) be probed. It is a different matter that I did not play there, but something smells fishy.'' India had taken more than 200 runs lead, but surprisingly did not enforce the follow-on and instead decided to start their second innings. Azhar asserted that he was being singled out in the match-fixing scandal and added ''match-fixing simply cannot be a one-man show unless the entire team is part of the conspiracy, match-fixing cannot take place. This is a game, which involves 11 players. If a team fails, it is spectacularly unfair to single out just one person'' ''There cannot be any foul play on the part of a single person. In fact, even five players cannot work to fix a match, it won't work...the entire team has to be in the know,'' Azhar insisted. Azharuddin maintained that he has been discriminated against, others have been let off lightly. About his huge properties and unaccounted money, the former captain said Azhar claimed ''My taxes are clear. I have been playing cricket for 17 years. Why don't people understand that I would have earned some money through match fees and endorsements.'' He maintained that he had given his best years of life to cricket but administrators have let him down. ''I'll fight it out,'' and added ''I still remain positive. There is always a tomorrow.'' Azhar was of the view that he had been wronged. ''I want to present myself in a court of law. Before stepping out into the public, I want to clear my name, as I have been wronged. I'm innocent of all the charges leveled against me.'' UNI

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