Nupur Mehta’s fame has risen to another level ever since her picture has been published in the London based newspaper claiming that she was used by the bookies for fixing the ICC Cricket World Cup semi final match between India and Pakistan last year.
Her claims of dating the Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan just came as a shock to everyone. Earlier when people were speculating her involvement in the match fixing were further confused with her claims of dating Dilshan. Initially she maintained that she did not know any international cricketer and later she claimed to have dated Dilshan. Clarifying the contradictory statements she told to a Television channel
When I was first asked about knowing a cricketer or not, it was very clear from the media if you know any cricketer involved in the scam or the scandal or match-fixing. My answer to that, even today, is that I don’t know any cricketer from the scandal.
But has she not dated Dilshan and she replies
Questions on my personal life had not risen and if the media would have asked me if I am friendly to any cricketer personally, or dating anybody, I would have come up with this.
She further said that she is not dating any cricketer at present. She says
I am not dating any cricketer right now. My name was being linked to Tillakaratne Dilshan of the Sri Lankan team and this revelation also came from the London tabloid Sunday Times. They said that I was seen around with him in a casino.
However she remains constant with her claims that she had dated Dilshan. During T20 matches they both were seeing each other as per Nupur’s claims. “Yes that is right. That was during the 2009 T20 World Cup held in London where I met him for the first time,” she confirms.
As a proof of dating him she says that she spent as much as 800 pounds on Dilshan when they both were in the London club. When she was asked if she paid Dilshan’s bills as he was seen the fixers and was under scanner of ICC that year, she denies and says
I am clueless about who he was seen with and the scanner, but yes in the discotheque you go, you are with friends, everybody offers you a drink, it is very normal and common.
She says that Dilshan has told about the petty condition of Sri Lankan Cricket Board where the players are not given money for any leisure. Nupur reveals
I wasn’t a honey trap. I got into a money trap. He was telling me that his Sri Lankan Board don’t give money. Even to make a phone-call, to buy a drink or go around the city. If that board says that my statements are false and they stick by the players, my question to them is who speaks about the board in front of other people. ”
She says that she will not comment in media on the issue of cricketers being used for fixing. She has a firm belief in country’s law and order.
“I don’t think I have to make any revelations to the media about this. But, yes, when the investigation authorities sit, and question me. I will cooperate with them completely because I have full faith in the law and order of my country. And, if and when they ask me any names I will reveal them,” says Nupur.
Later when she was asked to reveal the nationalities of those cricketers she flatly refused to do so. She said to the interviewer, “You are trying to put words in my mouth. I am not going to say anything; I am not talking about the players, yes, because the Sri Lankan board has rubbished all my statements. And that is why I have come out with my clarification.”
Besides Dilshan has she dated other players and she refuses to comment on the question. “I will not like to say anything about this as it isn’t relevant to the issue I am here for. I believe in a no name policy and I would go with that,” she signs off.