Zimbabwe captain gives clean chit to Sri Lankan players

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Bipin Dani

Observer Correspondent

Mumbai

Graeme Cremer, the captain of the Zimbabwe team is not ready to believe that the players of the Sri Lanka team were involved in the match-fixing.
There have been rumours in Sri Lanka about the nature of play in a particular international match / series for several weeks, and there have been talks on how the team lost the five match ODI series 2-3 (to a low-ranked Zimbabwe team) but no evidence of any sort has been produced, or even pointed to.
“I don’t think the Sri Lankan players would do something like that, they love their cricket and country too much to do that”, Cremer, speaking exclusively from Harare, said.
The Zimbabwe captain does not believe that these allegations on Sri Lankan players can take away credit from his team’s success.
“I don’t have much to say about the match fixing allegations, our team played well and no one can take that (glory) away from us. I don’t believe it (the allegations) is true”, he further added.
The five-match ODI series was locked at 2-2 before the last ODI was played at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota.
The toss and the match (thus the series) was won by Zimbabwe and both notable awards of Man of the Match (Sikandar Raza) and Man of the Series (Hamilton Masakadza) were won by the Zimbabwe players.