Thatscricket - News - Gray compliments BCCI on ~~fix~~ probe

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2001, 21:30 [IST]
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Chennai: International Cricket Council (ICC) president Malcolm Gray has complimented the Indian Cricket Board and the CBI for conducting an ''honest'' investigation into match-fixing and the involvement of a few of their own compatriots in the scandal.The London-based official, who is here to watch the third Test match between India and Australia since Monday, will be leaving for New Delhi this evening to hold talks with some Union ministers vis-a-vis the India-Pak cricketing relations and the conduct of the ICC knockout tournament in India in October next year.Gray, who interacted with the reporters on Monday night, said the BCCI has been ''courageous in what it has done'' (on the match-fixing probe).''I compliment the CBI and the Indian (Cricket) Board greatly. It is hard to take on people (players) who you have admired all along,'' he observed.Gray said the match-fixing probe by the King's commission in South Africa was virtually over. ''They will now review minor matters. Justice King's final report will go to the ICC commission headed by Lord Griffiths.''He denied that the closure of King's Commission would be a set-back to the ICC probe into match-fixing.Asked about the progress of ICC's own probe into the scandal, he said the council's Anti-Corruption Bureau had been getting ''good co-operation'' from all cricket-playing countries.A major portion of the report would be submitted to the ICC code of Conduct Commission next month. It would then come to the ICC. ''That report will make known 97 per cent truth behind match-fixing. We will ensure that the players do not fall into the trap again.'' UNI

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