Gavaskar, Botham named in CBFS panel

Published: Monday, October 15, 2001, 19:57 [IST]
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New Delhi: Under a cloud of suspicion of harbouring punters and match-fixers, the Cricketers' Benefit Fund Series (CBFS), organisers of cricket in Sharjah, have roped in the legendary Sunil Gavaskar and Ian Botham to carry out an image-building exercise.
 Former Indian Test opener Gavaskar and England all-rounder Botham have been appointed to a three-member technical committee which will be responsible, among other things, to free the venue of the scourge of match-fixing, a CBFS press release said here on Monday. The third member of the committee will be announced shortly, it added "Gavaskar and Botham were chosen for their unmatched contribution to cricket both on and off the field. The two men have played a legendary role in popularising the game and are highly respected by both players and fans," it said. As part of the committee, Gavaskar and Boatham will oversee all the international engagements organised by CBFS. Their role will encompass ensuring adherence to current laws, rules and regulations of the ICC and laying down the method for preparation of the wicket by groundsmen. The committee will also interact with the referee, umpires, managers and captains of the participating teams and oversee the appointment of officials to co-ordinate with the teams with overall emphasis on quality of service provided including transport, accommodation and security both on and off field. The appointments follow CBFS' recent announcement that it would implement recommendations proposed by Sir Paul Condon in the ICC report on match-fixing in its endeavour to improve playing conditions at the desert venue.

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