Thatscricket - News - ECB panel to submit ~~fixing~~ report soon

Published: Saturday, March 10, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai: The three-member independent commission, set up by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) to investigate allegations of match-fixing in matches held at Sharjah, will soon finalise its report, a press release from the ECB on Saturday said.Former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd heads the fact-finding commission, which was constituted after several cricket administrators including former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief I S Bindra, alleged that Sharjah was of one of the overseas venues where match-fixing took place. Its other members are Mr George Staple, former director of the United Kingdom's serious fraud office and Brig Mohammed K Al Mualla, general director for criminal security of the UAE. The release said the Commission met in Sharjah on Thursday and Friday and spoke with officials of the ECB and the Cricketers Benefit Fund Series (CBFS) as part of preliminary inquiries. The three commissioners also visited the Sharjah cricket stadium and familiarised themselves with the facilities there and elsewhere, which are made available to the players participating in the international tournaments held at the desert venue.Mr Staple later said, "The Commission intends to reconvene in the UK for the purpose of conducting interviews with a number of individuals and again in Sharjah in the near future for further interviews."He said "The Commission is working in close coordination with the ICC and will submit a report to the ECB in due course." The Commission's meeting in Sharjah comes exactly a month before the desert venue hosts the Coca Cola Cup, featuring India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.Speculations are on in cricket circles here on whether India will take part in the tournament in view of Pakistan's participation in it. However, CBFS officials say India is under contractual obligation to participate in the tournament in April, when its contract becomes due for renewal.Though the BCCI seems to be willing to send the team to Sharjah, the government's permission is necessary for the national squad to travel abroad.The Indian government had refused to grant permission to the team to travel to Pakistan in December last year for a Test and One-day series against the neighbouring country, blaming it for promoting terrorism on the Indian soil. However, CBFS officials are confident that India will take part in the tournament. UNI

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