Don't question integrity of KXIP players: Hussey

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Published: Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 13:38 [IST]
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Hussey backs KXIP players in fixing row

New Delhi, May 16: Following a TV sting operation which exposed spot fixing in IPL 5, Kings XI Punjab skipper David Hussey said he would be "disappointed" if the media questioned his players integrity.

"Everyone in my team, everyone in Kings XI Punjab as a brand plays with utmost integrity and if any print or TV media tries to write differently or say something differently about my team, then I will be very disappointed. I can't really comment on the sting," said Hussey at the post-match press conference after the five-wicket loss to Delhi Daredevils on Tuesday night.

Five domestic players were immediately suspended pending an inquiry by BCCI in the wake of the TV sting operation. Mohnish Mishra (Pune Warriors), Shalabh Srivastava (Kings XI Punjab), T P Sudhindra (Deccan Chargers), Amit Yadav (Kings XI Punjab) and Abhinav Bali were suspended after a teleconference of top BCCI officials and members of the IPL Governing Council on Tuesday.

Two players from IPL teams were caught on camera agreeing to bowl no-balls and spot-fix matches. A TV channel also showed two other domestic players ready to switch teams when offered a higher fee by the undercover reporter.

Kings XI's Srivastava and Yadav has not played a single match this season while Mohnish played only one match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. TP Sudhindra played three games for Deccan Chargers this season. Delhi's all-rounder Bali is not part of the IPL but has played first class cricket for Himachal Pradesh.

Speaking about the match, David Hussey blamed his batsmen for the defeat and said 160 would have been a competitive total but credited his bowlers effort.

"Probably, it was a wicket for 160 runs anyway and we bowled well to defend the total. Our batting really let the bowlers down again. Full credit to our bowlers once again, who fought hard and never gave in. They stretched the game till the last over," he said.

Kings XI came back into the game when pace sensation Parwinder Awana claimed three quick wickets including Virender Sehwag and Ross Taylor. "The spell by Awana was world-class today. He got three batsmen out quickly which very much changed the complexion of the game. The mistake we did was not giving him the fourth over straight to get Mahela (Jayawardene) out."

The Australian did not blame the hectic schedule as a reason behind the loss. Prior to this clash, Kings XI played against Deccan Chargers at Mohali on Sunday and travelled straight to Delhi for their crunch game.

"We know how important it was to win against Delhi. We played in Mohali a couple of days back and then travelled straight to Delhi. It gets tiring but this can't be an excuse for the defeat," he said.

"The guys are really pumped up. We have two more games left and if we win those matches, we might sneak in (playoffs)," he added.


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