Chopra, Bindra to appear before BCCI panel

Published: Thursday, January 18, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Chennai: Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Inderjit Singh Bindra is likely to be admonished, while off-spinner Nikhil Chopra may face punishment when they appear before the Disciplinary Committee of the Board here on Thursday.BCCI president Dr A C Muthiah said Bindra would be questioned for his tirade against BCCI officials last year. Chopra would be probed further over his alleged dealing with bookmakers. Dr Muthiah said that no action could be initiated against the Punjab Cricket Association, whom Bindra represents on the BCCI. The PCA has been banned from holding international matches until Bindra appeared before the committee. "Bindra's comments were his own and the PCA cannot be held responsible," Muthiah said.The Disciplinary Committee, comprising Muthiah, Ram Prasad and Narhari Amin (in place of Kamal Morarka), will report on its meeting with Bindra to the BCCI general body. Bindra has levelled charges against the functioning of the Board and has long insisted there has been match-fixing involving Indian cricketers. Lately he has also claimed some Board officials are involved in corruption. Muthiah was non-committal over any action against Chopra, but Board insiders said the Disciplinary Committee would penalise him in view of the fresh revelations made public by the Income Tax authorities last week.

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