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CBFS distances itself from fixers

Published: Wednesday, November 8, 2000, 23:00 [IST]
 
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Dubai: The Cricketers' Benefit Fund Series (CBFS), the organisers of the cricket tournaments at Sharjah, on Wednesday sought to disown and distance itself from any person or institution involved in match-fixing or betting and said the venue of a championship could not be the criteria for any wrongdoing in the sport.In a statement, CBFS chief and Emirates Cricket Board president Abdul said the CBFS is ready to offer its expertise and services to all agencies engaged in investigating the match-fixing scandal to unearth the facts of the matter if it contributed to preserving the highest traditions of the sport. ''There is no exception to this stand,'' Mr Bukhatir said.Expressing his dismay and ''unreserved condemnation'' of the match-fixing process, he said, ''The CBFS is particularly sensitive to the fallout from the Indian (CBI) investigation and fully supports and endorses every possible attempt designed to eliminate this evil influence and restore to cricket its pristine glory.''Pointing out that the CBI report had unequivocally stated that the match-fixing exercise was due to a ''thriving bookie-player nexus'', Mr Bukhatir said, "If any individuals are involved in any unsavoury associations, it is entirely at their own initiative and responsibility. We do, however, believe that it becomes incumbent upon all of us, whether officials, players or organisers to create a cohesive defence against those who would dishonour this game for their own ends.''The guilty must not be protected, whatever the cost or wherever they resided, he added. Mr Bukhatir's comments came close on the heels of CBFS co-ordinator Asif Iqbal's statement on the CBI report, in which his name also figures. Speaking to 'Khaleej Times' from his London residence, Asif Iqbal, a former Pakistani skipper, denied his involvement in match-fixing or betting even as he admitted that he knew Mumbai-based bookie Anil Steel, with whom, the CBI, says he had close links.''I know Anil and I was friendly with him but it does not mean I am involved in any kind of match-fixing or betting,'' he said. UNI

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