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Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2001, 2:45 [IST]
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New Delhi: Still sore over the match-fixing controversy, former India captain Kapil Dev has refused to play in a charity match for the quake victims of Gujarat.The cricketing icon has refused an invitation to replay the famous tied Test between India and Australia in Madras (now Chennai) in 1986. Kapil was invited to be part of a 40 overs-a-side match, in which the same players from both countries are to play at the same venue on March 17. The proceeds are to go for the Gujarat quake victims.''I am through with the game. I will not enter a cricket field again,'' said Kapil who stepped down as coach of the Indian team last year at the height of the match-fixing scandal saying he had severed all links with the game. He, however, wished the Indian team bracing for the upcoming series against Australia all success. In the series down under in 1999-2000, Kapil was the coach when India was handed out a 3-0 whitewash by the Kangaroos. Kapil, whose name figured in the allegations by his former new ball partner Manoj Prabhakar, was later given a clean chit by the CBI in its inquiry into the scandal. The 1986 Madras Test was the second match in the history to be tied after the Australia-West Indies match in Brisbane in 1960-61. UNI

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