Dhindsa unmasks BCCI's pretensions

Written by: S K Sham
Published: Friday, June 16, 2000, 0:00 [IST]
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In the whole murky business of taking names, first in whispers and then from the pulpit, without any qualms of conscience, I too would like to refer to a couple of names. No, I am not revealing, or squealing on, anyone involved in the worst evil to afflict international cricket.

Far from it, I am taking these names with all the reverence they deserve. They are the people who are playing a key role, nay a most earnest one, in the process set in motion to investigate a deep-rooted conspiracy between prominent players and bookmakers with the intention of fixing matches.

The first who deserves a special mention is the unassuming Union Sports minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa. One is not sure about his sports background, but he acted in a forthright and quick manner soon after the Delhi police made the startling disclosure of South African captain Hansie Cornje's involvement in the big betting and match-fixing scandal.

He first called a meeting of leading past and present players, BCCI officials and several other prominent people in the investigating agencies to make it known to them that he meant business. Without wasting any time or making a fuss, he ordered a CBI inquiry and demanded the co-operation of all concerned.

While doing this, he unmasked the BCCI officials' pretensions, in as much as they were running with the hare and hunting with the fox, which they are still doing. Ever so defensive, whenever any revelations are made, these cricket officials have been making fools of themselves by giving out irrelevant, if not stupid, statements.

Remember BCCI secretary's screaming of "Rubbish, all rubbish." See what a goldmine of information has been found in the heap of so-called rubbish.

The second personality, who is, perhaps, playing the most important role in unraveling all the seemingly mysterious deals, is the retired judge of the Cape Town High Court, Justice Edwin King.

The way he has conducted the proceedings of the Inquiry Commission, makes a total mockery of what our own former Chief Justice, Yeshwant Vishnu Chandrachud, had done three years ago.

King's ploy of granting immunity against criminal prosecution to all those involved in the scandal, has succeeded in making Hansie Cronje make a clean breast of all he had earlier lied about.

If at all the investigation into the match-fixing scandal is taken to its logical conclusion, and the guilty punished, all those who love cricket will be ever be grateful to the two gentlemen mentioned above, as well as the man who has sinned the most and has not flinched from owning up his guilt.

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