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Report highlights fixing instances

Published: Monday, October 30, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: The match-fixing report presented by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to Union Sports minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa on Monday contains suggestions for improving the functioning of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), according to the agency sources.The suggestions to the BCCI are to guard against match-fixing in future, the sources said. The report is also believed to suggest the introduction of a code of conduct for all players, making it mandatory for them to declare all gifts received from abroad. The report also highlights certain instances when matches were fixed, pitches at the playgrounds were doctored and last-minute changes were made in the team at the instance of bookies, the sources said. The agency questioned nearly 200 people including bookies. Bookie Mukesh Gupta, who was named by the disgraced former South African captain Hansie Cronje as the person who offered him a bribe to under perform against India, is one of the prominent names. While the media has been speculating that the 'culprits' named in the report are Mohammed Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja, Manoj Prabhakar, Ajay Sharma, Nayan Mongia and former physiotherapist Ali Irani, the CBI has refused to confirm any names and also whether a few foreign cricketers have been indicted. It was being reported that three West Indian, two Australian and a couple of players from Pakistan and England find mention in the report. The agency sources only confirmed, ''The report contains the names of some Indian cricketers, officials and bookies.'' However, they refused to disclose the names.If the allegations against these cricketers turn true, their international career could be sealed as life bans are likely to be imposed against them. They also face the possibility of their records being erased from the books. The BCCI have made it very clear that they would adopt a stringent approach in the matter and the punishment could be very harsh.

UNI

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CBI submits match-fixing report to minister

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