Thatscricket- Cricket News - Bindra to appear before BCCI panel on Jan 18

Published: Friday, January 5, 2001, 16:05 [IST]
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Chandigarh: Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief Inder Singh Bindra will appear before the Board's disciplinary committee in Chennai on January 18 to explain his alleged criticism of the apex body. Bindra, who is Punjab Cricket Association president, said on Thursday that he and PCA secretary M P Pandove had been asked to appear before the committee after the Board's executive committee expressed its dissatisfaction with their written replies to the show cause notice served on them some time ago. "Certainly Pandove and I will appear before the committee and give our reply in addition to the written one which had been sent earlier," Bindra said. "It would not be proper to make public the written reply to the show cause notice," he said. Bindra reiterated that his statements were not against the board. "They were in fact in favour of the board and aimed at further improving the game," he said. "Whatever we said has been vindicated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the television rights irregularities," he said. The disciplinary committee will also meet on January 16 after which the Board is expected to formally announce the exoneration of off-spinner Nikhil Chopra from the match-fixing scandal, BCCI Secretary Jaywant Lele said on phone from Baroda. Chopra had appeared before BCCI Special Commissioner K Madhavan in Chennai on December 27 following a direction by the Board to all those against whom CBI had found nothing substantial in its report on betting and match-fixing in cricket to also depose before Madhavan.

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