New Delhi: Former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin, facing a possible life ban for match-fixing, was given a final hearing by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials on Tuesday, along with four other implicated players.Azharuddin arrived discreetly at the hotel and took the service lift to avoid waiting reporters and television crews. Tuesday's hearings with BCCI president and Disciplinary Committee chairman Dr A C Muthiah were to focus on a separate BCCI probe that named the same five players, with Azharuddin identified as the chief culprit.The other four players, with the exception of Mongia, were found to have links with bookies. "We have to take action, or else we would be seen as shielding them," Dr Muthiah said on Monday."We will be taking deterrent action I can assure you. The maximum penalty the BCCI can give is a life ban," he added. The final decision of the BCCI will be announced in Calcutta on November 29.Former Test all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar, who first set the cat among the pigeons in 1997 when he alleged that Indian cricket icon Kapil Dev had offered him money to under perform, told reporters he was innocent of any wrongdoing."I've just told them that during my cricket career I did nothing wrong," Prabhakar said after emerging from his hearing. "I left cricket in 1996 and everybody knows what I've been doing for the last four years," he said, referring to his repeated allegations of rampant match-fixing.Both the CBI and BCCI reports exonerated Kapil Dev.
Cricketers arrive for BCCI panel meet