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CBIs remarks on BCCI unjustified: Muthiah

Published: Friday, November 10, 2000, 0:30 [IST]
 
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Chennai: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Dr A C Muthiah on Thursday said that there were a few inaccuracies in the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) report on betting and match-fixing in respect of the working of the Board which had been in existence for over 70 years as an autonomous body and its reputation had never been sullied.In a statement here, Dr Muthiah said while the CBI had started its investigation into allegations of betting and match-fixing, the Board had on its own implemented new regulations in Code of Conduct for players, administrators and umpires, which contained quite stringent provisions such as life ban.He said the Board had also appointed Mr K Madhavan, former joint director of CBI, to thoroughly investigate the matter and submit a detailed report to the Board. This has been done to prevent the recurrence of any such malpractices in future and also to restore the good image of cricket as a popular sport in India. In view of such purposeful initiatives by the Board, the references made in the CBI report about the Board's functioning would seem unjustified, he said. Dr Muthiah said following the release of the CBI report, which has named the five cricketers alleged to have been involved, Mr K Madhavan would be holding an internal enquiry with each of the players individually to enable a thorough investigation. The players and Dr Ali Irani, the former physio of the team, who has also been named, have been asked to appear before Mr K Madhavan to make their submissions.Mr K Madhavan is expected to submit his observations to the Disciplinary Committee of the Board, which in turn would discuss the report at the Working Committee or Special General Body Meeting and take appropriate decisions possibly before November 30. The Board is keen to ensure that guilty will not be allowed to go scot-free, he affirmed.He said the Board found it necessary to deliberate on the inaccurate observations on BCCI as made in the CBI report. In their meeting, the Working Committee or Special General Body would discuss the implications of all such observations and circulate its response to the Members of Parliament and also to the public, he said.Dr Muthiah also announced that the Board has also sought permission from the government for the Indian team's tour to Pakistan next year. The government's response was expected by November 15, he added. UNI

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