No one asked about my relationship with Tillakaratne Dilshan: Nupur Mehta

Bollywood actress Nupur Mehta is suspected to have played a role in the alleged fixed match between India and Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Mar 26, 2012

Nupur Mehta s alleged role in match-fixing has seen her fame rise to new levels. If one thought her name cropping up in the controversy was shocking, her claims that she dated Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan took the world by storm.

In an interview to the Indian news channel, Headlines Today, she clarified her earlier position that she didn t know any international cricketer. She said “When I was first asked about knowing a cricketer or not, it was very clear from the media if you know any cricketer involved in the scam or the scandal or match-fixing. My answer to that, even today, is that I don t know any cricketer from the scandal.”

On the question of dating Dilshan, she said “Questions on my personal life had not risen and if the media would have asked me if I am friendly to any cricketer personally, or dating anybody, I would have come up with this.”

“I am not dating any cricketer right now. My name was being linked to Tillakaratne Dilshan of the Sri Lankan team and this revelation also came from the London tabloid Sunday Times. They said that I was seen around with him in a casino,” She said.

On being asked whether she dated Dilshan, she answered with an affirmative “Yes that is right. That was during the 2009 T20 World Cup held in London where I met him for the first time.”

Nupur also claimed to have spent 800 pounds on Dilshan at the casino and the pub. On being asked whether she paid his bills because Dilshan came under the ICC scanner that year for being seen with fixers, “I am clueless about who he was seen with and the scanner, but yes in the discotheque you go, you are with friends, everybody offers you a drink, it is very normal and common.”

She also said “I wasn t a honey trap. I got into a money trap. He was telling me that his Sri Lankan Board don t give money. Even to make a phone-call, to buy a drink or go around the city. If that board says that
my statements are false and they stick by the players my question them to is who speaks about the board in front of other people. “

The question on cricketers involved in fixing she said “I don t think I have to make any revelations to the media about this. But, yes, when the investigation authorities sit, and question me. I will cooperate with them completely because I have full faith in the law and order of my country. And, if and when they ask me any names I will reveal them.”

When the interviewer asked about the nationalities of those players, she said “You are trying to put words in my mouth. I am not going to say anything; I am not talking about the players, yes, because the Sri Lankan board has rubbished all my statements. And that is why I have come out with my clarification.”

Whether she had dated other cricketers she said “I will not like to say anything about this as it isn t relevant to the issue I am here for. I believe in a no name policy and I would go with that.”