'Angry' Tait denies any involvement in spot-fixing

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Published: Friday, May 17, 2013, 12:04 [IST]
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'Angry' Tait denies any role in fixing

New Delhi, May 17: Australia paceman Shaun Tait is "bewildered, angry and upset" at rumours of his involvement in spot-fixing in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL 6).

On Thursday, Rajasthan Royals players S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested by Delhi police for alleged role in spot-fixing. Also same day there were rumours of a foreign player being involved. Those speculations surrounded around Australia's Tait who is part of RR team.

However, Delhi police confirmed that no other player was involved apart from the trio.

"I'm bewildered, I'm angry and I'm upset at the false suggestions I've been involved in any wrongdoing," Tait said in a statement.

"While I welcome the recent statements from police clearing me of any involvement, for a few hours today I was deeply distressed by the rumours that were rapidly circulating about me, most of which were aired in the social media space.

"Not only were they without foundation, they highlight the danger of a medium that deals with innuendo rather than fact, the result of which has brought my name into question.

"At no stage in my career have I engaged in spot or match fixing and I'm in discussions with my manager and legal representatives to examine how this episode unfolded and any further action I may take. I pride myself on playing cricket hard and fair and look forward to continuing my career in this vein."

On Friday, Cricket Australia issued a statement backing Tait and saying that he was not part of the ongoing investigations into spot-fixing.

Sean Carroll, the Head of CA's Anti-corruption Unit, has spoken to Shaun Tait following Delhi Police's statement last night that Tait is not part of their ongoing IPL investigations, CA said in a statement.

"Shaun reiterated to CA that he had absolutely no involvement in any of the issues that are currently being investigated.

CA is comfortable that Shaun is being appropriately supported in India and reminds those who have been speculating on the ongoing investigations to base their comments on known facts, not unsubstantiated rumour," CA added.


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