Hussey defends integrity of Kings XI players

Last Updated: Wed, May 16, 2012 11:26 hrs

New Delhi: Despite one of his former team mates suspended on charges of spot-fixing, Kings XI Punjab skipper David Hussey came out in defence of his team saying the media should not question the integrity of his players.

Hussey's comments came on the day when Kings XI pacer Shalabh Srivastava, along with four others, were suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), pending inquiry, on charges of spot-fixing after a sting operation.

Srivastava was caught in the sting operation, conducted by India TV, allegedly demanding Rs.10 lakhs to bowl deliberate no-balls.

"I would be very disappointed if the media puts a question mark on the integrity of his players. Everyone in my team, everyone in Kings XI Punjab as a brand plays with utmost integrity and if any print or TV media tries to write differently or say something differently about my team, then I will be very disappointed. I can't really comment on the sting," said Hussey Tuesday night after his team lost to Delhi Daredevils by five wickets.

Besides Srivastava, the other players are T.P. Sudhindra (Madhya Pradesh-Deccan Chargers), Mohnish Mishra (MP-Pune Warriors), Amit Yadav (Goa-Kings XI Punjab) and Abhinav Bali (Himachal Pradesh) were suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), pending inquiry, on charges of spot-fixing.

About the team's loss against Daredevils, Hussey blamed the batsmen for the defeat and said a total of 160 or above would have been a competitive total at the Kotla.

"Probably, it was a wicket for 160 runs. We bowled well to defend the total. Our batting really let the bowlers down again. Full credit to our bowlers once again, who fought hard and never gave in. They stretched the game till the last over," he said.

Hussey was all praise for pacer Parvinder Awana, who picked up three wickets including the of Virender Sehwag and Ross Taylor.

"The spell by Awana was world-class today. He got three batsmen out quickly which very much changed the complexion of the game. The mistake we did was not giving him the fourth over straight to get Mahela [Jayawardene] out. That was a mistake by me there. Awana keeps competing with the opposition. Hopefully, he has a big future not just with the Indian cricket team but also with the Kings XI Punjab as well," he said.

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