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Madhavan to probe "tainted" cricketers

Published: Monday, November 6, 2000, 16:00 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: The five cricketers and former physiotherapist of the Indian team named in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) report on match-fixing will be called to appear before the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) Inquiry Commissioner K Madhavan. Mr Madhavan told a television channel on Sunday night that Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Sharma, Ajay Jadeja, Nayan Mongia and Manoj Prabhakar and former physiotherapist Ali Irani would be given an opportunity to explain their conduct and their statements would be juxtaposed with the CBI report. Mr Madhavan said the groundsman of Delhi's Ferozshah Kotla ground, who the CBI report says doctored the pitch for a Test match in 1996, would also be called to appear before him. "I am going to judge the CBI report by calling the players and recording their statements," he said. Mr Madhavan said "the players should be given a chance to say how far they agree with the CBI report and where, according to them, there are errors. If there are errors, why so." He also said that certain provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act could be applied against certain players in the event of the Income Tax Department finding that they had disproportionate assets. Madhavan also said that he would try to obtain more material from the CBI, especially relating to statements of cell phone calls by players. He said the CBI had produced a "reasonably good" report but declined to comment on its contents as it would not be "fair" on his part to do so as a "judge". He said the CBI report was a "combination of a bit of match-fixing, a bit of information passed on and money accepted for near-introduction of players" to bookies. Mr Madhavan added he would also look into the comments made by CBI on BCCI officials. He also said that he felt the CBI report contained "only conclusions" but it was "not clear what was the evidence to arrive at these conclusions".

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