Venkatpathy Raju questions Vinod Kambli's timing on fixing allegations

Venkatpathy Raju was Vinod Kambli’s room-mate during the 1996 World Cup Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Nov 18, 2011

Former India spinner Venkatapathy Raju, who was also a member of India s squad in the 1996 World Cup, has questioned the timing of Vinod Kambli s match-fixing allegations, and also rejected his claim that the team s decision was changed by the then captain Mohammad Azharuddin in semi-final match against Sri Lanka.

Raju, who was Kambli s room-mate during the event, said that it was Team India s unanimous decision to ask Sri Lanka to bat if they win the toss, since the Lankans had done well while chasing in the tournament.

Kambli on Thursday raised suspicion on the 1996 World Cup semi-final between India and Sri Lanka and said he found “something amiss” in the game.

Kambli, who scored 1084 runs in 17 Tests and 2477 runs in 104 ODIs for India, said he was suspicious of then captain Mohammad Azharuddin’s decision to field first in the semi-final which was eventually awarded to Sri Lanka because of crowd problem.