New Delhi, Nov 18: Former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin rubbished claims made by former teammate Vinod Kambli that the 1996 World Cup semifinal against Sri Lanka could have been fixed.
Former cricketer Vinod Kambli on Thursday made startling contention that the 1996 World Cup semifinal may have been fixed.
Azharuddin lashed out at Kambli's claims and called his allegations as "third class" and also added "there is something wrong with Mr Kambli's brain".
"We wanted to chase after we lost to Sri Lanka in Kotla in the previous match," said Azharuddin.
"To talk like that is something disrespectful to the entire team. I don't know how Kambli came to know that we were going to bat first (after winning the toss)," said Azhar.
"No opening batsman had padded up,"We lost the match unfortunately, sometimes we win, sometimes we lose. But it's absolutely rubbish," Azhar, who is now a Congress MP.
Azharuddin felt sad and hurt on Kambli's disrespectful claims, "Whatever little cricket he has played, he should be thankful to me."
"He is a frustrated man. This is what happens when you give prominence to people who are not educated enough or have not played enough cricket," he said.
"I don't want to say much because he has also represented India. I do not want to say much," he said.
Ajit Wadekar, who was the team mangaer then, said the game was clean.
He said, "I did not even think there was anything suspicious in that loss. It was purely because we misread the wicket and were slightly overconfident after beating Pakistan in the quarterfinal."
"Why did he wake up suddenly after 15 years? During my four-and-half year stint (with the national team), I used to frequently have dinner with Vinod. Had he told me about his suspicions then, I would have requested the board to probe the matter."