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We have got info for a robust probe

Published: Wednesday, December 13, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: The head of International Cricket Council (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) Sir Paul Condon on Wednesday said his team had gathered enough information on match-fixing, particularly relating to the foreign players whose names had cropped up during the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into wrongdoings in Indian cricket.''We have got up-to-date information on foreign players and on that basis we can go for a robust inquiry,'' Sir Paul told a news conference in the presence of other two ACU members, Robert Smalley and Martin Hawkins, and anti-corruption investigators from three Boards, Greg Melick (Australia), Tim Gresson (New Zealand) and Desmond Fernando (Sri Lanka). The foreign cricketers whose names figure in CBI report, released on November one are Alec Stewart (England), Brian Lara (West Indies), Hansie Cronje (South Africa), Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda De Silva (Sri Lanka), Martin Crowe (New Zealand), Mark Waugh and Dean Jones (Australia) and Asif Iqbal and Salim Malik (Pakistan).''We had come here not to investigate Indian cricketers, but to know the process of investigations and learn about the role of the foreign cricketers,'' Sir Paul, a former chief of London Police, said while complimenting the work of Indian investigating agencies, in particular the Delhi police and the CBI. ''The expose by Delhi police (Cronje episode) is a great story. We congratulate the Indian authorities for exposing the jigsaw puzzle,'' he said. He, however, refused to name the players on whom the information was gathered by the ICC team saying ''it will corrupt the investigations''. ''This is a challenge for all of us and not only the sub-continent,'' he said. Sir Paul said the revelations from the inquiry into the scandal will ''help us free cricket to some extent from corruption. ''Corruption is part of human nature. It can be only controlled not eradicated.'' He said an ICC team had also met Hansie Cronje, who confessed to his involvement in match-fixing and asked him to suggest ways to stop it. ''His (Cronje's) suggestions will also help us to some extent,'' the ACU head said.''We are at a pivotal point in the history of cricket. The actual impact of the inquiry will be different in each country,'' Sir Paul said indicating at country-specific laws. In some countries, betting is legalised. He said the ICC team was also co-ordinating with Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). ''We have received full support from them.'' The ACU team which will report to ICC's Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Lord Griffith, had discussion with the CBI and Delhi police officials on Tuesday and met Youth Affairs and Sports minister Uma Bharati on Wednesday. Earlier, they had met Law Minister Arun Jaitley, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Dr A C Muthiah and BCCI Special Commissioner K Madhavan. UNI

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