ICL: Indian Cricket League

ICC asks BCCI to resolve Gibbs, Boje cases


The International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked the Indian board to sort out match-fixing issue involving South African players Nicky Boje and Herschelle Gibbs with Delhi Police so as to enable them to participate in the ICC Champions Trophy in India later this year.

President ICC Ehsan Mani said the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) was also cooperating with the ICC on this issue that has been hanging fire for six years. “Yes, we’ve taken this matter up with the Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI) and the BCCI is talking to relevant authorities in India to look into the matter,” Mani told Indian news agency IANS here.

Boje and Gibbs are wanted by Delhi Police in connection with Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal it uncovered in early 2000 when it tapped a telephone conversation Cronje was allegedly having with an Indian bookie. In several inquiries that followed, Gibbs and Boje were also mentioned as being allegedly involved in match fixing.

Since Delhi Police repeatedly declined to assure either the BCCI or the UCBSA that it would not arrest or question Boje and Gibbs when they visit India, both players pulled of their team’s tours of India in 2004 and 2005.

While in India in 2004, the UCBSA CEO Gerald Majola had wondered whether Gibbs and Boje could play when India hosts Champions Trophy in October-November 2006. A few days ago, Majola again raised the issue in South Africa.

With talks gaining ground that some teams might not send best teams for the Champions Trophy due to a packed calendar, the ICC has stepped in to ensure all best players take part in the Trophy.

“It’s important we get the best teams to play the Trophy. We’ve been assured by the BCCI they would look into the matter. What we are seeking very clearly is whatever process is used is transparent so that we could conclude this matter one way or other. I’m confident the BCCI will deal with it,” he said.

With Delhi Police not keen to assure any party that it would not question or arrest Gibbs and Boje, it remains to be seen if ICC’s intervention has the desired effect and the best players take part in the Champions Trophy.

Following charges of match fixing, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the BCCI probed issue, following which the BCCI banned four players — Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Sharma, Ajay Jadeja and Manoj Prabhakar — and physiotherapist Ali Irani for different periods.

Source:The News

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