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Chopra exonerated, says BCCI chief

Published: Friday, January 19, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Chennai: India's Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Thursday that it had cleared off-spinner Nikhil Chopra in an internal match-fixing inquiry. The move paves the way for Chopra to return to the team after he was dropped for the last two matches of a One-day series against Zimbabwe last December by the Board, which said he must clear his name before he could play again. The bowler 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 taxmen. "The Disciplinary Committee found that there is no case against him and so Nikhil Chopra has been exonerated," BCCI president Dr A C Muthiah told reporters in Chennai.When asked if Chopra would be included in the upcoming Test series against Australia, he said, "Yes, on merit." Chopra was interviewed by K Madhavan, BCCI's Special Commissioner, who conducted an internal inquiry into a federal match-fixing report. The CBI report named five Indian Test players but exonerated Chopra, saying it found no evidence of wrongdoing against him. The BCCI last month banned former skipper Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Sharma for life from the game and suspended Ajay Jadeja and Manoj Prabhakar for five years following an internal investigation by Madhavan based on the CBI probe. (c) Reuters Limited. Click here for Restrictions

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Focus: Match-fixing
Chopra, Bindra to appear before BCCI panel

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