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Boards to blame for mess, says Imran

Published: Friday, November 10, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Dubai: Pakistan cricket icon Imran Khan holds Boards of all cricket playing nations responsible for the mess the game finds itself in today."If the cricket Boards of all the countries could be honest, then only can we hope to see the game of cricket back to its glory," he said, while commenting on the recent report by the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on match-fixing and betting.Imran, who was here to raise funds for the cancer hospital that he has set up in Lahore in memory of his mother, was quoted as saying in the local media that he hoped all the cricket Boards would wake up as soon as possible to let the whole truth come out in the open."Only then can the credibility of the game be restored. The CBI investigated only one syndicate in which bookie Mukesh Gupta was involved. I believe there are many more syndicates out there who have ruined the game."Imran, who led Pakistan to their World Cup victory in 1992, pointed out that in Australia, "The cricket Board sat on allegations against Mark Waugh and Shane Warne for around four years before they let the cat out of the bag. And even after that they let the players off the hook with just reprimands and fines."He said the Pakistan Cricket Board held four inquiries and could not clear up the mess. "I used to think there was nothing like match-fixing in cricket.When i appeared before the justice Malik Mohammed Qayyam committee (the inquiry commission on match-fixing set up in Pakistan), I told the judge that i suspected something was wrong during my playing days but I never thought it to be so serious," Imran said.He said, "I never ever felt during my playing days for Pakistan that any match could be fixed because when I was captain, we used to win matches from losing positions. So the thing never crossed my mind."

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Extras:
CBI's remarks on BCCI unjustified: Muthiah
Click here for Operational part of the Qayyam report

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