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Lalu demands CBI probe into Indo-Bangla match

Published: Thursday, April 5, 2007, 18:42 [IST]
 
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Lucknow, Apr 5: A beleaugured Indian cricket administration today&13;recieved a further jolt after Railway Minister Lalu Prasad demanded CBI&13;probe into India-Bangladesh World Cup group match played on March 17,&13;in which the former champions were shamelessly beaten by their&13;less-formidable neighbours.
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''I have specific information that bookies had at stake of Rs 6000&13;crore on this match which India lost and which ultimately caused Team&13;India's ouster from the World Cup,'' he claimed.
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This explosive statement from Mr Lalu came at a juncture when the&13;Indian cricket has been passing through a tough phase in the wake of a&13;humilating World Cup performance, subsequently, followed by the&13;resignation of Team India coach Greg Chappel.
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Addressing a press conference here, Mr Yadav, who also happens to&13;be the president of the Bihar Cricket Association(BCA), said Indian&13;cricket administration require a complete overhaul and a high level&13;probe should be ordered in the irregularities.
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&13; Blaming the cricketers for lacking team spirit, he said the faulty selection procedure has added insult to the injury.
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When asked about the resignation of coach Greg Chappel, an&13;inimitable Lalu said: ''Why only Greg, sack the entire team.'' Putting&13;a big question mark on the functioning of Board of Conrol for Cricket&13;in India (BCCI), he alleged that the apex cricket body of the country&13;had been dominated by Maharastra, West Bengal and Karnataka lobbies and&13;asserted that a serious look-in is need of the hour.
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The BCA president further added that the regional protests over&13;non-inclusion of their players did not augur well as far as growth of&13;cricket in the country was concerned.
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''I think they (BCCI) fear that my entry would demolish their&13;caucus and would be detrimental to their ulterior motives and&13;designs,'' Lalu said about the board's decision of not registering his&13;state cricket association.
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