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Mongia denies match fixing claims

Suspended by the Indian Cricket League for “under-performing”, former India cricketer Dinesh Mongia on Wednesday strongly denied the allegations of match-fixing made against him.

Mongia and Chandigarh Lions skipper Chris Cairns were barred from taking further part in the unofficial Twenty20 tournament after their team were handed a nine-wicket drubbing by Hyderabad Heroes on Monday.

The strapping allrounder from Punjab had scored 38 runs off 32 balls and given away 27 runs in three overs against the Heroes while Cairns, batting at one-drop, scored 12 runs off 10 deliveries. He did not bowl in the match due to an ankle injury.

“The ICL officials interrogated me over Cairns’s ankle injury. They thought I was aware of it and did not inform them. I have given my explanation to them,” Mongia told The Indian Express.
“It has got nothing to do with match-fixing,” he added.

As regards Cairns, his lawyer Andrew Fitch-Holland responded in the negative when asked if the former New Zealand cricketer was involved in match-fixing.

According to the London-based Daily Telegraph, Fitch-Holland agreed to the reports that his client was suspended for participating in the league with an undeclared injury, which was a violation of his contract.

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