New Delhi: In the wake of naming of individuals in the Mudgal Committee probe report on alleged spot-fixing and betting in the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) season, Owais Shah said that he has no idea what allegations have been levelled against him.
The former England cricketer's name was 'inadvertently' cropped up during Friday's revelation by a Supreme Court bench comprising of Justices T.S. Thakur and Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Khalifulla. The bench had named seven individuals including former BCCI boss N Srinivasan, his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, Rajasthan Royals' co-owner Raj Kundra, and former IPL CEO Sunder Raman.
But soon, the bench ordered to struck off the other three names – all players – considering the sensitivity of the matter and the possible negative impact in their career. Shah's name was among those mentioned inadvertently.
In a statement released on Friday, Shah said, "I had no knowledge that I was under investigation."
The 36-year-old have had a brief stint at the cash-rich IPL. He played two games for Rajasthan Royals in the 2013 edition of IPL.
"I have no idea what allegations have been levelled at me or what case, if any, I am expected to answer," he added.
Shah further said that, "I would have hoped to have received some explanation from the Court that named me, but they have said nothing and made no attempt to explain themselves or to contact me, which is disappointing."
The Karachi-born right-handed batsman made his England debut against Australia in a one-day international in 2001. Known for his hard-hitting game, Shah played 17 Twenty20 internationals and appeared at the World Twenty20 in 2007 and 2009. He retired from first-class cricket as a Essex player at the end of the 2013 season but played for Hampshire in the T20 Blast this year.
"I will be making no further statement until I have established exactly what is going on and why I have been named," he added.
The IPL spot fixing and betting scandal rocked the cricketing world in 2013 with Delhi Police arresting Shah's three Rajasthan Royals team-mates – S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan – in a midnight raid in Mumbai. Then, Mumbai police also unearthed betting links after they arrested Meiyappan and Bollywood actor Vindu Dara Singh.
Last October, the apex court had constituted the Justice Mukul Mudgal panel to investigate the spot-fixing and betting case in the case-rich IPL. The three-member panel led by Justice Mukul Mudgal, a retired Punjab and Haryana High Court judge, has Additional Solicitor General L Nageswara Rao and senior advocate Nilay Dutta in the committee.
With agency inputs