Terming Vinod Kambli's allegations that India's 1996 World Cup semifinal against Sri Lanka may have been fixed as "irresponsible", ICC President Sharad Pawar on Saturday said he would rather believe in what players like Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly have to say on the matter.
"I honestly feel that his allegations are irresponsible statements," Pawar said on a day when a defiant BCCI refused to give importance to Kambli's allegations despite call of a probe by Sports Minister Ajay Maken. (Read: Maken wants probe; BCCI not convinced)
"I would rather believe in what Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar or Ajit Wadekar say," Pawar said.Â Â Â Â Â Pawar, a former BCCI chief, said if Kambli was an honest and committed cricketer, he should have made the allegations after the mega tournament in 1996, instead of raking it up now.
"If he was an honest and a committed cricketer he should have spoken about it then. But he kept quiet, so I hold him irresponsible," said Pawar.
Pawar also said that he felt Kambli did not attach much importance to cricket during his playing days. "If he (Kambli) had give importance to cricket, he could have been like Sachin Tendulkar. But consistency was always a problem with him," Pawar told 'Times Now'.
Kambli has created quite a flutter by claiming that something was "amiss" in India's loss in the 1996 World Cup semifinal against Sri Lanka. That led to Sports Minister Maken on Saturday asking the BCCI for a probe or else his Ministry might order it.
But, senior Cricket Board official Rajiv Shukla said Kambli's claims were not worth investigating.