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Issue of the guilty: BCCI chose to defer

Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Calcutta: After a three-and-a-half hour Special General Body Meeting here, the BCCI on Wednesday deferred till December 4 its decision on punishment to cricketers accused of match-fixing by the CBI and the Madhavan Commission.Briefing newspersons, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Dr A C Muthiah said the Board will take a final decision on the punishment by December 4 or 5, after having another round of internal meeting and seeking one or two legal opinions on the matter.Muthiah informed that ''there was no difference of opinion about meting out exemplary punishment to the guilty players.'' At the same time, the Board also decided to give a maximum of 30 per cent weightage to the players who have done well for the country in international meets while deciding upon their case.Muthiah said the meeting discussed the reports submitted by its disciplinary committee, the CBI and Mr K Madhavan, the chairman of the BCCI Anti-corruption Committee. Madhavan was also present at the meeting for some time to apprise the committee of his report.Muthiah informed that the meeting also decided to send the Board's observations on the report of the CBI to Parliament besides making it public. Muthiah also informed that Madhavan had not recommended any punishment. He said that Madhavan's report was not binding on the Board but it would be bound to act on its disciplinary committee's recommendations. Muthiah said that the CBI's comment on the Board's functioning was not justified and not based on proper information. However, the CBI had given a clean chit to the Board's administrators in the match-fixing controversy. Muthiah also justified the Board's present system of appointing national selectors from respective zones. He said as per the CBI report, the Board had received guarantee money to the tune of Rs 1.5 crore from 1999 World Cup while the money actually earned by the Board was Rs 10.75 crore. Asked whether cricketing records of the players found guilty would be erased from the record book, he said, ''We have the right to erase the records. But I don't think we would do that.'' The Board president informed that the Board's disciplinary committee had set up a strict code of conduct, which had to be signed by the players henceforth. UNI

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