Thiruvananthapuram, May 16 -- Kerala speedster S Sreesanth's father Shantakumaran Nair on Thursday retracted from his earlier allegation that captain MS Dhoni and spinner Harbhajan Singh had implicated his son in the match-fixing scandal and issued an apology to them.
"It was an emotional outburst of a father. I am really sorry for that. We are in the dark about what really happened," he said after watching the tapes released by the Delhi police. He also tendered an apology to the cricket-lovers of the country for inviting a bad name to the game.
"I managed to talk to Sree this evening. He stoutly denied the charges raised by the Delhi police. He told me he would be the last person to disown the game like this," said his mother Savithri Devi.
Meanwhile Jiju Janardhanan's father K Janardhanan said his son and Sreesanth knew each other from their MRF Pace Foundation days in Chennai.
"Though he represented Under 14 and 19 in Gujarat, Jiju couldn't make big in the sport. We have been helping him financially all these days. If he had committed any crime he deserved punishment also," Janardhanan, a resident of Kannur (north Kerala), said. Delhi police had claimed that Jiju was the main conduit between spot-fixers and Sreesanth.
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.