CBI keen to work with ACU on fix probe

Published: Thursday, May 24, 2001, 20:57 [IST]
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New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday said it was looking forward for assistance of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) in probing the match-fixing menace in the country and the disputes related to telecast rights for cricket matches played by India. CBI officials told UNI, "We welcome the ICC's decision to cooperate with us in investigation on match-fixing and betting and telecast rights." They said the Bureau would also extend all possible help to the ACU, whenever sought, in this regard. The officials were reacting to the ACU's recommendation in its first report on global match-fixing investigation that a six-point programme should be formed, which should include the CBI's cooperation on match-fixing probe. About the findings of the ACU's report, the CBI officials said, "The report only vindicates our stand that match-fixing was prevalent in a big way in international cricket." The report will go in a big way to improve the conditions in the international cricket scene, they said. The officials, however, refused to comment on the query whether the CBI will seek the ACU's help in recording the statement of the foreign cricketers who were named in the CBI report on match-fixing released last year. "We have no domain over foreign cricketers and we do not want to question them." Meanwhile, the Delhi Police, which broke the match-fixing controversy by indicting South African captain Hansie Cronje and four of his teammates, has described the ICC's report as 'vindication' of its stand on the prevalence of match-fixing in cricket. "When we said no body believed. But now we have been vindicated," a senior official said.

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