Revival: Windies look to 'witchdoctor'

Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: In a strong rebuttal of former Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin allegations that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) did not probe the wrongdoings by certain Mumbai cricketers, the agency on Monday termed the charges 'rubbish', saying that all these aspects were considered before submission of the report.CBI special director G Achari said the agency made inquiries about all aspects of the scandal before submitting the report. ''Only after a thorough inquiry we came to the conclusion and filed the report to the government,'' he told a press conference where CBI director R K Raghavan was also present.Asked to react specifically on Azhar's charges, Mr Achari said, ''That's all wrong. We have probed this aspect as well.'' The match-fixing report was submitted only after a proper investigation, including the examination of the Mumbai cricketers whose names had figured in the controversy.Without naming Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Vinod Kambli, the senior CBI official said the allegations against all these Mumbai cricketers were probed, but nothing substantial was found in them. In an interview to a weekly recently, the stylish Hyderabad batsman, who has been banned for life by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), described CBI's match fixing report as ''blackmailing tactics'' and flayed the agency for not properly probing the "Mumbai lobby".UNI

'Wronged' Azhar lashes out at Mumbai lobby

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