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Srivastava deposes before Board panel

india Updated: May 17, 2012 00:40 IST
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Shalabh Srivastava deposed on Wednesday before the the BCCI's anti-corruption unit, which is probing the spot-fixing scandal that has rocked the IPL. The two-member panel, led by Ravi Sawani, quizzed Srivastava in New Delhi for almost four hours.


There was, however, no official word from the BCCI on the development, but sources confirmed that Srivastava was shown the video tape, and made to listen to his conversation over phone with the undercover reporters.

"He (Srivastava) was asked to tell his side of the story after he was shown the tapes and made to listen to his telephonic conversations. There was quizzing on every point and the cricketer has been asked to appear before the commission again," a BCCI source told HT.

"Sawani, who has been asked to submit his report within 15 days, is expected to meet the other four suspended players before finalising his report," the source said.

Srivastava, Mohnish Mishra, TP Sudhindra, Amit Yadav and Abhinav Bali were suspended on Tuesday after a sting operation by a TV channel.

PTI adds: Meanwhile, Srivastava claimed innocence by saying he was injured and not capable of manipulating matches and that he was paying the price of opening up to strangers.

The 30-year-old medium-pacer has 130 wickets from 41 first-class matches and 20 scalps from 22 IPL games while turning out for the Kings XI.

"I am being framed. I have not played for UP in the 2011 and 2012 seasons due to a knee injury. I have not been playing IPL matches because of this, and I am not even in the squad of 15. I am in Lucknow for the past one month, how can I fix matches," he asked.

"I won't get intimidated and come out clean. I will present my case in front of BCCI officials, if I am asked to. I have already spoken to KXIP officials and they have promised to support me," he said.