Kanpur, May 16: Uttar Pradesh cricketer Shalabh Srivastava, who was suspended by Kings XI Punjab for his alleged involvement in spot fixing, questions his involvement in fixing matches and claims to be innocent since he was injured.
The 30-year-old medium pacer claimed 130 wickets from 41 first-class matches and 20 wickets in 22 IPL matches for Kings XI Punjab.
"I am innocent and I am being framed. I have not played for UP in both the 2011 and 2012 seasons due to a knee injury. I have not been playing IPL matches because of this, I am not even in the squad of 15. I am in Lucknow for the past one month, so how can I fix matches?," he questioned while talking to PTI.
"I am resting at home so how can I promise somebody to bowl no balls. All allegations against me are false and this is an attempt to destroy my career," he said.
Shalabh said he only regrets meeting strangers and being friendly towards them.
"I am not even playing, so how can I fix matches? I won't get intimidated by all this and come out clean. I will present my case in front of BCCI officials, if I am asked to. I have already spoken to KXIP officials and they have promised to support me through this," he said.