Chennai: Former cricketer Manoj Prabhakar, who arrived here on Saturday morning to appear before Board of Control for Cricket in India's inquiry commissioner K Madhavan in connection with match-fixing charges, said "the battle is over, but the war to cleanse the game is on". Before presenting himself for the cross-examination by Madhavan on the findings of the CBI report on match-fixing, Prabhakar, one of those named by the agency, alleged that the report was full of "inaccuracies". He reiterated his charge that Indian cricket was plagued by match-fixing and betting while maintaining that he was not involved. "The battle is over, but the war to cleanse the game is on," he said. Asked to explain about the inaccuracies, he said it was obvious that they (the CBI) had not examined the videocassettes he had handed over to them. "The report also does not reflect the evidences that I gave during my examination," he added. To a question on whether he would put any new evidence before Madhavan, Prabhakar said, "It all depends on how fair the cross-examination is going to be." In a separate interaction with the media, Mr Madhavan said there was no information as yet from former captain Mohammed Azharuddin, who had also been summoned to appear before him. Mr Madhavan said Ajay Sharma would be examined in New Delhi on November 14 as he had stated that he was not in a position to travel here due to health reasons. He had submitted a doctor's certificate in this regard. While Ajay Jadeja, Nayan Mongia and former physiotherapist of the Indian cricket team Ali Irani would appear for the cross-examination on Sunday, Ram Adhar, groundsman at Delhi's Ferozshah Kotla stadium, had already been examined a couple of days ago, Mr Madhavan said. Asked why Chennai was chosen as the venue for the cross-examination, the former CBI chief cited the disturbance at the press conference held by Jadeja at Delhi recently, and said the Board wanted to avoid any such incidents. Besides, the pressure of media would have been much greater had the examination been held in Delhi, he added.
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