Probe against India's T20 manager

Published: Wednesday, June 24, 2009, 12:01 [IST]
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'Probe into sexual exploitation'

Hyderabad: Government of Andhra Pradesh has ordered a probe into allegations that suspended secretary of Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) V. Chamundeswarnath sexually exploited women cricketers.

State Home Minister P. Sabita Indra Reddy ordered a special officer to look into the complaints that Chamundeswarnath sought "sexual favours" from women cricketers for selection.

The special officer will also probe allegations of corruption against Chamundeswarnath, who was manager of Indian women's team at Twenty20 World Cup.

T20 manager suspended for seeking sexual favours

The home minister announced the probe when a group of six women cricketers from Andhra met her and complained about Chamundes-warnath, who was suspended as the ACA secretary last week following allegations against him.

The women cricketers alleged that the former ACA official also misbehaved with them, and demanded stern action against him.

"As a secretary he had no role in training camps but he comes there. He once took me to the gym, saying he would help in training, though it was not his job. He also made lewd comments," alleged Durga Bhavani, one of the cricketers who met the home minister and submitted a complaint.

Meanwhile, Chamundi, as Chamundeswarnath is known among cricketing circles, has sought police protection, saying he feared threat to his life from ACA president Gokaraju Gangaraju and other office-bearers of the association.

Chamundi, a man with good influence in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has denied the allegations.

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