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Former India pace bowler Munaf Patel has played down speculation that he was involved with a match-fixing syndicate that engaged in corrupt activities during the Rajputana Premier League in Jaipur last July.
Patel confirmed that he attended the opening ceremony of the tournament and was watched some of the action on the field, but he insisted that he had not engaged in match-fixing.
Patel was forced to defend himself after his name popped up following an investigation by the Rajasthan Police Crime Investigation Department. Media reports subsequently said that a member of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning squad had been linked to the match-fixing syndicate.
“I don’t know why this kind of news is surfacing now after a year. I have never been questioned relating to the league earlier. I have no idea what is going on,” Patel told ANI as quoted by mid-day. “I did go in the opening ceremony of the event along with two other people. I was there on the field for over four hours. I also answered a few questions related to promotion of cricket.”
The 34-year-old confirmed that he received an invitation from former Rajasthan Ranji Trophy player Mohammad Aslam, who organised the tournament.
The BCCI’s anti-corruption unit began investigating the Rajputana Premier League last year after a number of bizarre and suspicions events occurred.
A total of 14 people ended up being arrested for suspected betting and fixing activities. However, all of them were released on bail after the Crime Investigation Department took over the probe.