India Cricket Board finds Azharuddin guilty

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November 27, 2000

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Former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin has been found guilty of match-fixing in an independent probe by India's cricket board.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president A C Muthiah said that Azharuddin, who won 99 caps, had been found guilty - but former national coach Kapil Dev as well as former wicketkeeper Nayan Mongia were absolved of corruption charges.

He said: "All players except Mongia had connections with bookies. Involvement of Azharuddin is more than that of others.

"We will take disciplinary action based on the finding of the report."

Earlier this month, India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) named Azharuddin, Mongia, Manoj Prabhakar, Ajay Ajeda and Ajay Sharma in the ongoing fixing and betting scandal.

The BCCI subsequently ordered its independent probe, which is scheduled to hand over its 340-page report to the Indian government this week.

The CBI report said that Azharuddin had admitted to fixing three one-day internationals, and disgraced South African skipper Hansie Cronje also named the 37-year-old Azharuddin as the man who had introduced him to a Durban-based bookie.

Meanwhile, former Test player Prabhakar earlier this year accused Kapil Dev of offering him 2.5 million rupees (£35,000) to underplay in a one-day match with arch-rivals Pakistan in 1994.

However, both the CBI and the cricket board have absolved Kapil Dev.

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