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ICC asks BCCI to resolve Gibbs, Boje cases


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

ICC president Ehsan Mani said that the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) was also ‘cooperating’ with the world body on this issue that is hanging fire for six years.

‘Yes, we have taken this matter up with the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket India) and the BCCI is talking to the relevant authorities in India to look into the matter,’ Mani told IANS.

‘The South African board is also cooperating with us on this matter,’ he said.

Boje and Gibbs are wanted by Delhi Police in connection with the Hansie Cronje match-fixing scandal that it uncovered in early 2000 when it tapped a telephone conversation Cronje was allegedly having with an Indian bookie.

In the several inquiries that followed, both in India and South Africa, Gibbs and Boje were also mentioned as being allegedly involved in match-fixing.

Since Delhi Police has repeatedly declined to assure either the BCCI or 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, UCBSA CEO Gerald Majola had wondered whether Gibbs and Boje could play when India hosts the 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 their best teams for the Champions Trophy due to a packed international calendar, ICC has stepped in to ensure that all the best players take part in the Oct 7-Nov 5 Champions Trophy in India.

‘It is important that we get the best teams to plat the Champions Trophy in India. We have been assured by the BCCI that they would look into the matter,’ said Mani.

‘What we are seeking very clearly is that whatever process is used is transparent so that we could conclude this matter one way or the other. Am confident that 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 the ICC’s intervention has the desired effect and the best players take part in the Champions Trophy.

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

Source:India Sports

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