Mumbai: Kapil Dev rejected Dawood Ibrahim, the underworld don’s offer to fix a match against Pakistan, his team-mate at that time Dilip Vengsarkar said on Monday in a startling revelation .
Vengsarkar, India’s former skipper in a big revelation, has revealed that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim had offered a Toyota Corolla car to each member of Indian cricket team led by Kapil Dev as a gift if they defeated Pakistan in the finals of the Australasia Cup in 1986.
Vengsarkar said this at the function. The incident took place after the pre-match press conference. Dawood visited the Indian team dressing room and was introduced as a businessman. He said that if Indian team defeated Pakistan in the Australasia Cup final, played in Sharjah, he will gift a Toyota Corolla to each member of the team.
Kapil Dev entered the dressing room and inquired about the presence of Dawood, unaware of who he was. Kapil asked him to vacate the room. Dawood angered by Kapil Dev’s reaction, left the dressing room and cancelled his offer.
In an interview with Zee News, Kapil Dev confirmed the incident and said he did not know who Dawood was at the time but he did not remember chiding him. Pakistan won the final by one wicket. Within minutes of former Indian skipper Dileep Vengsarkar’s startling disclosure of Dawood approaching Kapil Dev in 1986 went public, India’s first World Cup winning team’s skipper on Monday slammed Vengsarkar’s claims, terming them lies, reports Daily Bhaskar.
Daily Bhaskar contacted Kapil to gauge the veracity of Vengsarkar’s claims; he replied that he had not met anybody. Kapil had earlier broken down in front of the camera when ex-Indian player Manoj Prabhakar alleged that the former had fixed matches. Vengsarkar, on being contacted by the daily’s correspondent, refused to comment.
Vengasarkar was to contest for the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) president’s post, but now the veteran has decided to opt out of this elections. He was sore about politicians coming in administration and wanted these people to attend four annual general bodies before contesting for elections. This norm is enforced in Maharashtra Cricket Association.