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Mumbai: May 24, 2013
Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Shashank Manohar has lashed out at the current spot-fixing saga and said that every match in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) should be investigated.
Talking to Business Standard, he said, “I strongly feel that each and every match played in the IPL-6 session should be probed and the present investigations should not be restricted to only these three players.”
On what the BCCI should have done after the arrests of three Rajasthan Royals players, he said, “After completion of my tenure as BCCI president, I am in no way connected with the game or with the functioning of the board. However, in my view, after the names of three players came to light [in the scam], BCCI on its own should have approached the police and filed the complaint.”
“Thereafter, the case should have been transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Whosoever is guilty should be punished,” he added.
When asked how BCCI treats betting, Manohar said, ” BCCI has rules laid down and no player or administrator or official or any person connected in an official capacity can indulge in betting. Betting is an offence for which those involved can be punished. Nobody can lay a bet under the present rules. However, it is difficult to prove in a court of law.”
Commenting on the one-member team appointed by the BCCI to start their own internal inquiry, he said, “BCCI has no machinery to investigate. Therefore, I reiterate that BCCI should have filed a complaint to the police on its own. Suspension of players will not work. If the player is put behind bars even for a day, it will create a fear psychosis and become a deterrent to others. The world behaves on fear. Unless there is a fear psychosis, mere suspension is not enough.”
“No one person can keep a watch on the movements of 20-plus people 24/7. The board will always have to approach government agencies to probe into illegalities, as it has no mechanism to do so,” he concluded.
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