New Delhi, Mar 7: The Indian Cricket Board has pleaded before the Supreme Court not to make public the cricketers named in the report placed in a sealed envelope by its probe committee which raised suspicion on their role in IPL betting and spot-fixing scam.
The three-member committee, headed by former Punjab and Haryana Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal, has named in its report six prominent "Indian capped" players, including one who is part of the current team whose names cropped up during its investigation.
The Board, in its response to the report, said "speculative and baseless" charges against leading cricketers have been made by "unscrupulous" news channels and the apex court must pass an order to prevent any further damage to the image and reputation of "innocent" cricketers.
"It is further submitted that the probe committee has given certain confidential material in a sealed cover to this court. Since that material has not been verified to be true, it is most humbly submitted that the material contained in the sealed cover remain with the court and not to be released to the parties," the Board said in its response to the report filed on February 10.
"Speculative and baseless charges against leading cricketers have already been made by unscrupulous news channels under the guise of sting operation.
"Speculation is rife that the sealed cover contains names of some current members of the national team. The court would kindly take steps to staunch any further damage to the image and reputation of innocent cricketers and the BCCI by passing appropriate orders," it said.