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Former England batsman Owais Shah has admitted that he was shocked to be named as one of the 13 individuals being investigated for corruption in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Shah was named in the Mudgal report, along with International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Narayanaswami Srinivasan, India all-rounder Stuart Binny, IPL Chief Operating Officer Sundar Raman, Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra.
However, Shah, who has represented four IPL franchises since 2008, revealed that he had no idea he was being investigated and had never been contacted by anyone involved with the probe.
“I have heard today that I have been named as implicated in the Mudgal report presented to the Indian Supreme Court,” he said. “Prior to the news this morning, I had no knowledge that I was under investigation or suspicion. I have not heard from, been interviewed by or received any form of correspondence from the Mudgal Enquiry or the Indian Supreme Court or anyone connected with it.
“I have no idea what allegations have been levelled at me or what case, if any, I am expected to answer.
“I would have hoped to have received some explanation from the Court that named me, but they have said nothing and made no attempt to explain themselves or to contact me, which is disappointing.
“Needless to say, this is very distressing as I have as much information as those seeking comment from me. Consequently, I will be making no further statement beyond this one and giving no interviews until I have established exactly what is going on and why I have been named.”