November 22, 2000

Madhavan to submit report on November 25

The Indian Cricket Board's Anti-Corruption Commissioner K Madhavan will not summon any more players in connection with the betting and match-fixing scandal and will submit his report to the Board on November 25.

Madhavan told PTI in New Delhi that he was still awaiting comments from the Board on observations made by CBI against its functioning and added it had sought a couple of days more before framing its reply since the Board members needed to consult each other. The report in respect of the Board would be submitted on November 27, he added.

As regards the CBI findings against players and others in respect of betting and match-fixing, Madhavan said he did not consider it necessary to summon any more persons.

"After considering the CBI report and the statements made before me by the players and others, I do not consider it necessary to summon and examine any other person in regard to the inquiry which I am doing in my capacity as BCCI Commissioner," said Madhavan, who was asked by the BCCI chief AC Muthaiah to make an in-house inquiry based on the CBI report on the scandal.

Madhavan said as already indicated by him earlier, he would be submitting the report to Muthaiah in Chennai on November 25.

However, he said the BCCI has requested some more time to furnish its replies to the observations made by CBI in respect of the Board.

"I have been told the delay is due to necessity of members of the BCCI having to consult each other in submitting the replies and their frequent touring in connection with their own commercial and industrial activities," Madhavan said, adding "as the extension of time sought by the BCCI is only two days, I have acceded to their request."

The Anti-corruption Commissioner said "so far as the BCCI's role is concerned, I would be submitting a supplementary report on November 27."

Madhavan said the report he proposed to submit on Saturday "will relate to only the individual persons, who have been named by the CBI in its report for allegedly involved in betting and match-fixing."

Referring to the supplementary report, Madhavan said "it has been promised that the BCCI's reply would delivered to me on November 26."

Madhavan questioned former skippers Mohammed Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja, prolific Delhi batsman Ajay Sharma, wicket-keeper Nayan Mongia, former all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar and former team physiotherapist Ali Irani. All the five players have been named by the CBI in its report on betting and match fixing which was submitted to the Government on October 30.

Madhavan also questioned BCCI treasurer Kishore Rungta and Feroz Shah Kotla's groundsman Ram Adhar. While the former has been alleged by the CBI of "nepotism" in the Rajasthan Cricket Board, the charge against the latter is that he prepared a doctored pitch for the India- Australia Test match in 1996.