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ICC team fails to meet stubborn Manoj

Published: Wednesday, December 6, 2000, 0:00 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: Controversial cricketer Manoj Prabhakar on Tuesday adopted a stubborn attitude over his questioning by an International Cricket Council team for the second consecutive day and asked the foreign investigators to complete the ''formality'' by examining bookie and prime accused Mukesh Kumar Gupta alias MK.The attempt of the three-member ICC's anti-corruption team to quiz Prabhakar over the alleged statement of MK that the cricketer (Prabhakar) had introduced him to seven top international players failed for the second day with the former all-rounder refusing to oblige. The ex-international cricketer instead asked the ICC team to probe MK and ''satisfy themselves'' with his deposition as was done by the Central Bureau of Investigation. He accused the premier investigating agency of trusting MK more than him. ''CBI trusted Mukesh Gupta more than me. Let the ICC team go and talk to him (MK) and satisfy themselves,'' he told UNI.Prabhakar is insisting that he would be available for examination only if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials are present with the ICC officials. ''Why should I talk to the ICC team. Let them bring BCCI officials along with them.''He has also contacted BCCI president Dr A C Muthiah who has not responded yet. ''Doesn't he know why I am trying to contact him. Butstill he has not responded.''Meanwhile, the ICC officials are deciding on their future course of action in view of the constant 'refusal' of Prabhakar. Similar is the case of former Delhi captain Ajay Sharma, who has also declined to talk to the team saying that he was not answerable to the international cricket body.The three-member ICC investigating team had arrived in the capital early on Monday to question Prabhakar and a few other cricketers as part of its efforts to probe the match-fixing case and its implications on international cricket. The team is also scheduled to question Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja, Nayan Mongia and Ali Irani, all implicated by the CBI in its report on matchfixing. But with the team not succeeding to question the two ex-cricketers in Delhi, it is unclear what attitude the other cricketers would adopt. On Monday, the three-member investigating team, comprising Allan Peacock, Martin Hawkins and Robert, had held discussions with the CBI probe team led by Joint Director R N Sawani. They said the investigation is vital keeping in mind the naming of 14 foreign cricketers in the CBI report. For Allan Peacock and Martin Hawkins, this is the second visit in connection with the ICC investigation into the case. They had come earlier in November and had left after holding discussions with the CBI and Delhi Police and carrying out preliminary inquiry about the match-fixing scandal. The ICC is understood to have decided to question Prabhakar after the CBI report quoted M K as saying that he was introduced by the former all-rounder to several foreign cricketers. Among the cricketers allegedly introduced by Prabhakar are Aravinda De Silva, Arjuna Ranatunga, Mark Waugh and his ex-teammate Dean Jones, Brian Lara, English cricketer Alec Stewart and former Pakistan captain Salim Malik. Prabhakar has denied theallegations. UNI

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