Chopra to meet BCCI panel on Jan 16

Published: Wednesday, January 3, 2001, 20:00 [IST]
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New Delhi: Indian Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have asked off-spinner Nikhil Chopra to appear before a disciplinary panel on January 16 as part of an internal investigation into a match-fixing report, a senior official said. Last week, Special Commissioner of the BCCI Mr Madhavan submitted his report after questioning Chopra. "We have given him an opportunity to be heard," BCCI president Dr A C Muthiah told Reuters on Tuesday. Dr Muthiah declined to give details of the report's finding. Chopra was dropped from the Indian One-day squad for the last two One-day Internationals against Zimbabwe in December after the Board decided he must clear his name. He was one of the players questioned by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) during its probe into match-fixing allegations, and his house was searched by tax officials. The CBI said it did not find any evidence of wrong-doing against Chopra. Former skipper Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Sharma have been banned for life and Ajay Jadeja and Manoj Prabhakar suspended for five years after the CBI named them in its report. Dr Muthiah said Mr K Madhavan has been asked to meet two former Indian skippers and coaches, Kapil Dev and Ajit Wadekar, later this week. Kapil Dev was yet to confirm whether he was willing to meet Madhavan, he said. Kapil Dev, who resigned as Indian coach last year amidst match-fixing allegations, was exonerated by the CBI in its report. Dr Muthiah said Kapil's assistance would be sought to resolve doubts surrounding India not enforcing a follow-on against New Zealand in a Drawn test match at Ahemdabad last year. Kapil was the coach of the Indian team. "About the follow-on, we'll ask for his assistance. There is nothing against Kapil Dev," he said. (c) Reuters Limited. Click here for Restrictions

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