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Sharma fails to appear before Madhavan

Published: Tuesday, November 14, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: Ajay Sharma, one of the five cricketers named by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the match-fixing scandal, on Tuesday refused to appear before Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) Inquiry Commissioner K Madhavan saying he was awaiting a copy of the investigating agency's report.Mr Madhavan, who is to submit his report to the BCCI on November 25,was to meet Ajay Sharma at 16.30 hours as the cricketer had cited health reasons for not going down to Chennai where the former CBI Joint Director questioned some other players for their alleged involvement in match-fixing and betting.''Ajay informed me that he would not be coming to me since he had not received a copy of the CBI report,'' Madhavan told UNI. ''I will give him another chance,'' the BCCI Commissioner added.Former skipper Mohammad Azharuddin had also refused to appear before Madhavan in Chennai and in a fax message expressed his inability since he was not in possession of a copy of the CBI report. Mr Madhavan said he would submit his report to the BCCI on November 25. He also scoffed at media reports that he had called Kapil Dev for a hearing. ''I never called him (Kapil). I do not know how it was reported.'' Over the last few days in Chennai, Mr Madhavan grilled Ajay Jadeja, Manoj Prabhakar, Nayan Mongia and former team physiotherapist Ali Irani, all of whom find a mention in the CBI report. Meanwhile, in an interview on DD News Channel's programme 'Rojana', Mr Madhavan said he would give another chance to Azharuddin and if he did not appear before him even after that, the cricketer's case would be weakened. ''The onus is on Azhar to give clarification on the allegations against him,'' the BCCI Commissioner said. ''I had sent him (Azhar) a telegram saying that a copy of the CBI report would be made available to him once he came to Chennai and he could appear after studying its contents, but there was no reply,'' he said.He said as of now he wanted to meet only those cricketers whose names appear in the CBI report, but added that if needed he could call even Kapil Dev. Kapil has been given a clean chit in the report. UNI

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