IPL sting: Shalabh pleads innocent: They tried to put words in my mouth

Audio feed,purportedly that of Srivastava,indicates that he agreed to bowl a no-ball for Rs 10,000 in the Indian Premier League.

Written by Wajiha Shah | Lucknow | Published: May 16, 2012 1:20 am

Shalabh Srivastava,the Uttar Pradesh and Kings XI Punjab left-arm medium-pacer,one of the suspended players said that he entertained the undercover reporters only because they posed as player agents who promised lucrative endorsement deals.

Claiming that he was innocent,Srivastava said that selective editing of video and audio footage before the sting operation was aired gave a wrong impression and seemingly implicated him in a spot-fixing controversy.

Audio feed,purportedly that of Srivastava,indicates that he agreed to bowl a no-ball for Rs 10,000 in the Indian Premier League.

On Tuesday,Srivastava said that he welcomed the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s decision to order an inquiry into the matter. “I am ready to give my version to the BCCI,” he said.

“The channel reporters came posing as agents of a sports management company. Six or seven meetings took place over a period of time. They tried to put words in my mouth. I just repeated things they said,and now they have edited the footage in such a way that conversations over several meetings have been reduced to two minutes. What the other person was trying to say has been removed and some parts of what I said have been taken. I have not bowled a single no-ball during the last two editions of the IPL. This year I have not played in a single IPL match,so this story is baseless. Even if I had played I would not have bowled a no-ball,” Srivastava told The Indian Express.

The left-arm seamer also said that he had no intension of switching IPL teams. “Everybody knows that I have a three-year contract with Kings XI Punjab which runs till the end of 2013. So there was no question of changing teams. The channel people posed as representatives of a sports management company and used to talk absurd things and I also took them lightly.”

Asked why he met the undercover reporters so many times,Srivastava said that he made a genuine mistake. “The only mistake I made was to give them time. They used to come with papers pertaining to endorsements and then switch to other topics… like talking about teams,” he added.

Meanwhile,Mohnish Mishra on Tuesday accepted the statements he made during the ‘sting’ operation,but said he had done that casually “to develop his value”.

His letter addressed to Sahara Adventure Sports Ltd stated: “This is with reference to the news item regarding the IPL,which shows me claiming to have received certain monies in excess of the amount permitted by BCCI in cash from Sahara as a consideration for playing for Pune Warriors India. I wish to clarify that the said statements were made by me casually during the discussion,for personal gain. I have not received any amount in cash from Sahara.”

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