The match-fixing scandal September 30, 2004

BCCI seeks clarification from Delhi Police

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Gibbs is waiting for an assurance from the Delhi Police © Getty Images

The Board of Control for Cricket in India had approached the Delhi Police asking for its stand on the thorny issue of questioning Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje should they come on South Africa's tour of India in November.

Both men are considered key witnesses in the match-fixing case that was investigated by the Delhi Police, and the South African team has reportedly threatened to abort the tour unless they're given assurances that Gibbs and Boje won't be questioned. The BCCI has now written to KK Paul, the Delhi Police Commissioner, asking for a clarification.

"We have received the letter and are examining it," said Paul, when contacted by the Press Trust of India yesterday. The Delhi Police have yet to decide on their course of action.

It may be recalled that it was the Crime Branch that unearthed the scandal which led to the fall from grace of the likes of Hansie Cronje and Mohammad Azharuddin, when they eavesdropped on conversations between some players and bookies. According to Delhi Police, the case has not been closed.