After being in the centre of match-fixing allegations over the last few days, English businessman Mohammed Bhai has claimed innocence, saying that as an Indian “he would never let the country down”.
Mohammed Bhai’s name was dragged into a match-fixing controversy by Mohammed Shami's wife Hasin Jahan, who claimed that the India cricketer accepted cash from a "girl called Alishba from Pakistan" at the behest of Mohammed Bhai from Dubai.
After the allegations, Alishba gave a statement admitting to meeting Shami in Dubai last month but claimed that she has never met Mohammed Bhai.
On Tuesday, Mohammed Bhai admitted he has socialised with Shami, but refuted all the allegations, according to a report on the International Business Times website.
"Neither have I done anything wrong, nor am I associated with such things. I never talked of match-fixing or offered money to anyone. I was born in India and won't ever let my country down," Mohammed Bhai, who was born in Surat but has been running a small mobile phone business in London for over two decades, told ABP News.
"I am hearing the name Alishba for the first time through the media. I have never met any woman called Alishba in my life. I am open to any probe by the BCCI or anti-corruption agencies. Even if I have to go through a lie-detector or narco test, I am up for it. I will cooperate with the agencies if they approach me."
Mohammed Bhai said that he used to take Shami and his wife, who reportedly calls him 'bhaiya' (brother), out for meals or shopping when they were in England on tours.
Shami blames ‘third party’
Meanwhile, Shami blamed "a third party" for the allegations of domestic violence and extra-marital affairs hurled against him by his wife.
Shami added that the allegations were “not a work of Hasin and someone was involved, maybe due to greed of money.”
"I still say that this is not the deed of Hasin. This is certainly a plan of a third party, maybe the happiness of my family is intolerable, maybe because of the greed of money," Shami was quoted as saying by News18.com.
Shami added: "As regards match fixing, there was no fault in my mind, nor is and neither will there be. I want to tell the people, the BCCI, and the anti-corruption (department), that I am with them in this investigation... I have not committed any wrong."