IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy: Syed Kirmani calls for transparent enquiry

Syed Kirmani (above) has said that the BCCI should conduct an enquiry similar to the one that looked into Hansie Cronje’s case © Getty Images

Bangalore: Aug 2, 2013

Former India wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani on Friday called on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to hold a thorough enquiry into the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal as was done in the case of Hansie Cronje match-fixing scam.

“The entire camera was on Hansie. He was asked you tell us whether you have taken it or not and he accepted it. Those who accept their follies and repent are great gentlemen. You see, that’s how the enquiry should be (and only) then the public will (realise the truth),” he told reporters here.

Kirmani, who was awarded the best wicket-keeper at the 1983 World Cup, said a transparent enquiry was not conducted into the IPL spot-fixing scandal.

“Has anyone, who has been accused of the crime (betting or spot-fixing), questioned on camera? Has anybody involved been interviewed? No not yet. So where is the transparency?” he questioned.

Nevertheless, Kirmani was all praise for N Srinivasan, who was today forced to drop his desperate bid to reinstate himself as BCCI President, after the under-fire Board called off its Working Committee meeting here, fearing legal trouble in the wake of an adverse Bombay High Court order.

“I don’t take it as a controversy. He is a great administrator and has done yeomen service to cricket and cricketers,” he said.

“Players are least bothered about messy affairs in BCCI. We are only interested in cricket’s progress and players welfare,” he added.