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Published: Monday, September 3, 2001, 15:23 [IST]
 
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Chennai: The Indian Cricket Board is the richest sports body in the country, but its president A C Muthiah feels it could land in serious financial troubles if the government does not provide it tax exemptions. [an error occurred while processing this directive]"The Board is quite comfortably placed financially now, but that will get affected if the expected tax exemptions are not received from the government," Muthiah told PTI in an interview here. "We will face serious problems if the tax exemptions don't come through," he said. Muthiah, who is contesting for a third term as president later this month, expressed satisfaction with the Board's performance in the last two years, especially in handling the match-fixing issue. "We have taken the hardest possible decisions to curb match-fixing and related malpractices and the issue has more or less been sorted out," he said. He denied the Board had got into out-of-court settlements with any of the cricketers accused of match-fixing charges and said the matter was sub judice and BCCI would accept the decision of the court. Recounting the last two years in office, Muthiah said the effective handling of the match-fixing issue was probably the most important achievement but the Board took some other significant decisions too for improving the lot of the game and the cricketers. "It has been a landmark year in Indian cricket. The Board has given a positive push to national cricket as well as to the cricket team." A new contract system for senior cricketers, implementation of a new rotation formula for the hosting of international matches in the country, making participation of senior players compulsory in domestic tournaments and setting up of national and zonal cricket academies were some other important decisions taken by the Board under his stewardship, Muthiah said. "But few things still remain unfulfilled and that is why I have decided to contest for a third term," he said, adding that he received full support from all his colleagues in implementing the important decisions. Pitted against former International Cricket Council (BCCI) president Jagmohan Dalmiya, Muthiah said he was confident of victory and brushed aside suggestions that he should opt out of the race, having completed two terms in office. "Why should I not contest, when I enjoy the support of all affiliated units of BCCI," he retorted. Muthiah insisted that there was all round success in the administration of the game during his tenure and he wanted to continue with the good work. He said the Indian team had been provided with the latest equipment and software for computer analysis of their performance as well as those of their rivals and this had helped the cricketers in getting a lot of insight. "Now detailed video analysis is possible for players to analyse the team strategy in order to improve their overall performance in the long run." Hiring of a coach and trainer of international repute for the national team had helped a great deal, Muthiah said, and added that the Board was now concentrating on providing a fillip to domestic cricket too. The appointment of physiotherapists and physical trainers for the state teams has also been made compulsory and necessary guidelines have been issued to the member associations in this regard, he said. He emphasised that "a sincere effort has been made to play international cricket in our country on higher quality sporting pitches, as was seen during the Test matches against Australia". "While much has been done at the cricketing level, the finances of the Board received a boost through lucrative television and team sponsorship deals," he said, adding that the increased revenue would be shared with the affiliated units who would be asked to provide the best facilities to players under their charge. Under the 'Vision 2001' plan of the Board, Muthiah said, "A scientific step has been taken to curb the problem of over-aged players competing in various age group competitions and it would be ensured that these problems are eliminated." PTI

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