Condon~~s report is cosmetic: Dalmiya

Published: Thursday, May 31, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: World cricket's controversial former chief, Jagmohan Dalmiya, on Thursday scoffed at the International Cricket Council's (ICC) report into match-fixing, saying it was cosmetic and lacked substance. The 56-year-old Indian businessman, who was ICC president last year when the anti-corruption unit was set up, said he was disappointed the report did not probe the scandal deep enough. "The report does not say anything new, nor does it help in solving the issue," Dalmiya told AFP. The report by former London Metropolitan police chief Paul Condon, which was released on May 23, said world cricket remained in the grip of match-fixers, but did not identify the guilty cricketers. It said match-fixing was rife even after life bans were imposed on three former captains - Hansie Cronje of South Africa, Mohammad Azharuddin of India and Salim Malik of Pakistan. "It appears to be a hasty compilation," Dalmiya said. "Some parts have been taken from the Qayyam report in Pakistan, some from the King's Commission in South Africa and some from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) report in India. It's a cosmetic exercise. Just saying that match-fixing goes on and some matches were suspicious is not enough." Dalmiya, who was ICC president from 1997 to 2000 before being replaced by Malcolm Gray of Australia, is at the centre of an Indian federal investigation into the sale of television rights for the ICC Knock Out tournament staged in Bangladesh in 1998. India's Central Bureau of Investigation is probing charges that Dalmiya colluded with TV executives in India to cheat national broadcaster Doordarshan by raising the bid money and claiming inflated production costs from the network. Dalmiya, whose offices and home in Kolkata were raided by the CBI earlier this year, denies the charge, saying there was no under-hand dealing while awarding the rights to Doordarshan. Condon said in his report that he will assist the CBI in probing the charges against Dalmiya and others. The ICC's executive board is due to meet in London on June 18 to discuss Condon's findings.

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