NEW DELHI (Agencies) - Indian Sports Minister Ajay Maken wants the match-fixing claims made by former cricketer Vinod Kambli investigated by the BCCI and says his Ministry might step in if the Cricket Board doesn't order a probe. Kambli has created quite a flutter by claiming that something was "amiss" in India's loss in the 1996 World Cup semi-final against Sri Lanka and Maken said the claim should be investigated for all its worth. "When a player of the team has made a charge, it should be thoroughly investigated. People of the country have the right to know what exactly happened. Whether the accusations made by the player are true or false, the people have the right to know," Maken said on the sidelines of a function here. "So, it should be properly investigated and if something wrong has happened then the culprits should be punished," he said. "If the BCCI doesn't conduct a probe, we will look at it," he said. Maken said he was pained by the claims made by Kambli and said if true, it would be extremely unfortunate for the game of cricket. "Not only as a minister but also as a sports lover, I felt sad to hear that because I saw the match after cancelling a lot of my appointments, so I think it is extremely unfortunate," Maken said."It should be investigated properly. I think we should go to the roots of it so that we can know what the truth is, " he added. Meanwhile, ICC President Sharad Pawar joined the Indian cricket board (BCCI) in dismissing former player Vinod Kamblis claims of possible corruption in Indias 1996 World Cup semi-final loss to Sri Lanka. A teary-eyed Kambli recently told a television channel he had doubts about some of the decisions, including opting to bat first, taken in the Kolkata match, which Sri Lanka won by default following crowd trouble. If he is honest and committed cricketer, he should have informed all. Even if he knew something, he kept quiet, Pawar told Indian media.