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Well comment tomorrow, says ICCs Condon

Published: Saturday, December 23, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: International Cricket Council's (ICC) chief corruption investigator Paul Condon on Tuesday met federal Indian detectives to discuss their explosive probe into match-fixing by domestic and overseas players.Condon, accompanied by Greg Mellick, investigator of the Australian Cricket Board, New Zealand official Tim Gresson and Sri Lankan official Desmond Fernando, held talks in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) headquarters."We will comment on the issue tomorrow," Condon, told reporters after the meeting. Indian sources said Condon's team sought "details and methods" adopted by the CBI to collect evidence during its six-month-long investigation into match fixing and betting by Indian and foreign cricketers and officials."Our talks were detailed and we provided the visiting team members with answers to the questions they asked," one source from the CBI said. The CBI on November 1 said five Indian and nine foreign players, besides an Indian physiotherapist were involved in match-fixing and betting.The foreign players named in the CBI report included ex-Test captains Alec Stewart (England), Brian Lara (West Indies), Hansie Cronje (South Africa), Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda De Silva (Sri Lanka), Martin Crowe (New Zealand) and Asif Iqbal and Salim Malik (Pakistan).Australia's Mark Waugh and former Indian physiotherapist Ali Irani were also named. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after an independent enquiry last month banned Azharuddin and former Test player Ajay Sharma for life, and handed down a five-year ban on star Ajay Jadeja and former player Manoj Prabhakar.Condon on Monday told reporters in the southern Indian city of Madras that the ICC would only probe charges of match-fixing against foreign players, who have been accused of taking large sums of money from an Indian bookie to fix matches.Condon also said the ICC probe would be a global exercise, adding that he hoped to submit a report by April next year "on how to minimise corruption in cricket and maximise protection for players against corruption."In New Delhi, Condon is also likely to meet police detectives who opened the can of worms in April by charging Hansie Cronje and four other South Africans with fixing one-day international matches during their tour of India.The Delhi police charges were followed by a full-fledged commission of enquiry in South Africa, which ended Cronje's cricketing career.Copyright AFP 2000

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