Shalabh Srivastava, one of the five cricketers suspended today by the BCCI after allegations of spot-fixing and graft, vowed to hit back at India TV, the news channel that conducted the sting operation on him and other cricketers.
“I fail to understand whatever is being said about spot-fixing. The voice in that telephonic conversation is not mine. It is very easy to frame anyone with a doctored audio clip,” Shalabh said today.
India TV had claimed that Shalabh had offered to spot-fix a no-ball in return for Rs. 10 lakh, which the Kings XI Punjab and Uttar Pradesh cricketer denied.
“If they are showing all the video clips, why are they not showing that I have demanded Rs. 10 lakhs from them,” he said.
“I will definitely file a case against the channel.”
“I had just seven or eight meetings with them, and they introduced themselves as a sports management people. They told me they can help me to shift to some other franchisee where I can be paid better.”
“I am not the only one to meet them, I can tell you they have met at least 50 IPL players. I myself have talked to 15 such players about the issue.”
“They all were doubtful that whether they are from a sports management company or not because they always used to talk about fixing and who is getting how much money.”