Top 10 Sports Controversies of 2011

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There couldn't have been a better witness of India's collapse in the 1996 World Cup semi-final against Sri Lanka than Vinod Kambli - he saw it all from the other end. 15 years later, in November 2011, Kambli raised suspicions on a televised debate about then captain Mohammed Azharuddin's decision to field first. He claimed this was surprising because the team had unanimously decided to bat first if they won the toss. Azhar rubbished the allegation and was backed up by ex-teammates Sanjay Manjrekar, Nayan Mongia and Venkatapathy Raju. Politicians and officials were also quick to get involved, with ICC president Sharad Pawar calling Kambli's allegations "irresponsible." Kambli finds himself with few friends at the moment but, with match-fixing being a very real and current issue, the fans may be less easy to convince of Azhar's innocence.

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