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CBFS to constitute fact-finding panel

Published: Sunday, December 10, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Dubai: Cricketers' Benefit Fund Series (CBFS), the organiser of cricket tournaments at Sharjah, has ordered an investigation into match-fixing allegations related to games held at the desert venue, and former West Indian Skipper Clive Lloyd will head the three-member probe panel.''Yes, we are going to form a fact-finding panel to look into match-fixing allegations related to Sharjah. There have been various allegations against our organisation (also) but no one has substantiated these. We want to investigate these charges,'' CBFS chief Abdul Rehman Bukhatir was quoted as saying by local newspapers.He said, ''Apart from Lloyd, the fact-finding panel will have a former senior officer of Sharjah police as its member. The third member would probably be a person from the legal profession in the United Kingdom.''No, we won't be involving Sunil Gavaskar in this process (investigation),'' Mr Bukhatir said when his attention was drawn to a report in this regard carried by a leading English daily from India.''The allegations have been made against the venue (Sharjah) from various quarters and even India's investigating agency CBI named Sharjah in its report on match-fixing,'' Mr Bukhatir noted, adding that he would like to set the record straight.The CBFS chief said, ''We know we are clean. Therefore, a probe by an independent panel. The idea is to clear the name and image of Sharjah as an international cricket venue. The investigation panel will start working on its report early next month."Denying that there was any pressure on him to probe the match-fixing allegations, he said,'' the inquiry has been ordered to look into the allegations coming out of different probes and we are determined to get to the bottom of the truth.'' ''It is up to the inquiry panel to decide on any collaboration during the probe with the anti-corruption panel of the International Cricket Council (ICC),'' he said.Mr Bukhatir said. ''This inquiry and investigation is not against anyone. The exercise is being done to get to the substance of all the allegations relating to Sharjah as a cricket venue.'' He said he would expect the probe panel to complete its report within two months. The CBFS inquiry comes in the wake of allegations that many matches played at neutral venues like Sharjah, Singapore and Toronto were fixed. Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Chief I S Bindra has time and again alleged that matches at Sharjah could be easily fixed. Even CBFS chief coordinator and former Pakistani skipper Asif Iqbal has been named in the CBI report in connection for introducing a bookie to Sri Lankan captain Sanath Jayasuriya at Sharjah. UNI

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