Former Indian cricket team manager Sunil Dev has rubbished the reports of him claiming that the fourth India versus England Test at Manchester in 2014 was fixed. Earlier, reports claimed that Dev, who was with the Indian cricket team during their disastrous tour of England in 2014, has said that the fourth Test of the five-match series between India and England for the Pataudi Trophy was fixed. His was a serious allegation in which Dev was quoted saying that Indian captain MS Dhoni had surprisingly chose to bat against England in cloudy conditions, especially when it was decided in the team meeting that India will bowl first in case they win the toss. READ: India-England Test in 2014 at Manchester was fixed says former manager Sunil Dev
Dev told Times of India that he will sue the Hindi daily which quoted him in a baseless report. Dev said, “It is all rubbish. I am planning to sue this Hindi daily and will seek legal course against anyone who makes such malicious claims.”
Apparently, there is a video in which Dev can be seen expressing shock over Dhoni’s decision to bat first when the conditions were not in favour of the batsmen at Manchester. It must be remembered that India were slammed inside three days by England, and they eventually lost the Test by an innings and 54 runs.
“Given the conditions of the pitch due to rain, we had decided to bowl first in a team meeting but I was surprised that Dhoni opted to bat first,” a Hindi daily named Sun Star had quoted Dev as saying, earlier. Meanwhile, justice Mukul Mudgal, who headed the panel that probed the IPL 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal, has asserted that he has no knowledge of this.
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