March 20: An Indian civil court on Tuesday postponed a hearing
on former India cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin's challenge
against a life ban until April 3.
court in this southern city briefly heard proceedings in the case
before fixing the date.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) banned Azharuddin for
life over match-fixing allegations last December following a federal
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) report, which named five
Indian Test players.
court asked BCCI president A.C. Muthiah and its anti-corruption
official K.Madhavan to file responses to Azharuddin's bid for
documents regarding Madhavan's appointment as the BCCI investigator
in the match-fixing scandal.
a former CBI joint director, held an internal probe following the
federal inquiry. The BCCI banned Azharuddin on the basis of
BCCI also banned Ajay Sharma for life and suspended Ajay Jadeja and
Manoj Prabhakar for five years. Wicket-keeper Nayan Mongia, the
other Indian Test player named in the report, was exonerated.
four players against whom BCCI took action have denied any
took court action in January against the BCCI, Muthiah and Madhavan,
arguing that the BCCI probe was not "fair and
He also argued that Madhavan's appointment, as the BCCI's anti-corruption commissioner had been "illegal and arbitrary".
says he will make a comeback
Disgraced former Indian skipper Mohammed Azharuddin, who has been
slapped with a life ban for alleged involvement in match-fixing, on
Saturday expressed confidence that he would stage a comeback in
hope to be in white flannels soon and I am confident of playing for
India again," the Hyderabad batsman said at a press conference
here after launching an event management and entertainment company
-- Azhar Sangeeta Management Services Limited (ASMS).
to answer queries on match-fixing on the ground that it was
subjudice, he expressed confidence that he would come out clean and
said "public opinion can change after the court verdict".
also asserted that he had no regrets for being silent, unlike the
vociferous denials by other players like Manoj Prabhakar.
has filed a suit against the Board of Control for Cricket in India
(BCCI), its president and an anti-corruption official over his life
ban, which was imposed last December. His appeal against the ban
will be heard in April.
did not want to create controversies. Media is never my enemy,"
Azhar said of his being away from media ever since the CBI report on
Leaving no one in doubt about his fitness, he declared, "I am physically fit and doing my regular work-outs. Hopefully, I will make a comeback".
March 10: An independent commission of inquiry including former
West Indies captain Clive Lloyd has started a probe into
match-fixing allegations at cricket matches in Sharjah.
Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) said the three-member commission met
with ECB and Cricketers' Benefit Fund Series officials on Thursday
and Friday and visited the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on a preliminary
commission intends to reconvene in the UK for the purpose of
conducting interviews with a number of individuals, and again in
Sharjah in the near future for further interviews," said legal
expert George Staple, another panel member.
will work in cooperation with the International Cricket Council
(ICC) and submit a report to the ECB "in due course", said
the former director of Britain's serious fraud office.
third member of the commission is a high-ranking Emirati police
officer, Brigadier Mohammad Al-Mualla.
in the Emirates, an ICC associate member that has hosted more
one-day internationals than any other venue, is based around
Sharjah, which has a 28,000-seater stadium and plays host to a
yearly tri-series competition.
"If any individuals are involved in any unsavoury associations, it is entirely at their own initiative and responsibility," the ECB board said in November, backing a probe to clear Sharjah's name.
demands documents pertaining to Madhavan’s appointment
March 7: Former
Indian captain Mohd Azharuddin on Wednesday filed a writ petition in
the city civil court seeking production of documents pertaining to
the appointment of former CBI joint director K Madhavan as cricket
board's inquiry commissioner.
Jagdeesh, counsel for Azhar, filed the writ before the second Chief
Judge J Shyamsundar Rao, who asked BCCI to file counter affidavit on
counsel contended that details of Madhavan's appointment as BCCI
inquiry commissioner were not found in the earlier affidavits filed
in the court and sought direction to BCCI to make available to him
copy of the documents to proceed with the arguments.
said since Madhavan's appointment is the subject matter of the suit;
its relevant documents should be made available to him to proceed
judge refrained from giving any direction but asked BCCI to file a
counter affidavit in this regard on March 20.
who had filed a 17-page petition in the court in January last
challenging BCCI's life ban on him in the match-fixing scandal, had
made strong charges against the cricket board on several counts and
said the probe into match-fixing was not carried out in a
Challenging the appointment of Madhavan as the inquiry commissioner, Azhar had said, "It was illegal and arbitrary." He also questioned the method of inquiry and said, "The inquiry by Madhavan was not at all open, transparent, fair and independent and had been biased in favour of BCCI."
Income Tax notices to bookies; some cricketers submit returns
Delhi, March 5:
Income tax authorities have almost completed issuing notices to all
bookies involved in the cricket match-fixing scandal, including that
of South Delhi based jeweller Mukesh Gupta.
placed income tax sources said that notices to majority of bookies
had been sent and some of them had submitted their block returns in
the wake of appraisals made of seizures during countrywide searches
on July 20 last year.
sources said that necessary action would be taken after the
assessing officer would compare their returns to that of the
assessment made by the income tax department. The sources said
taxmen had completed the assessment of some bookies including that
of Gupta on a priority basis.
they said some bookies still remained to be served with the notice
and the process would be completed within the next fortnight.
Meanwhile, several cricketers, who had been served notices after the
nation-wide raids last year, had submitted their returns to the
income tax authorities.
assessing officer concerned had issued notices to Manoj Prabhakar,
Ajay Sharma, Ajay Jadeja, Nikhil Chopra, Mohammed Azharuddin, Navjot
Sidhu and Kapil Dev.
Kapil Dev, who had sought some more time, rest of the cricket
players had submitted their returns to the income tax authorities.
The players had filed in their block returns for the period of
1990-2000, the sources said.
tax has estimated a enormous "undisclosed income", assets
and investments by seven cricketers including Kapil Dev and Mohammad
appraisal reports of the players, whose premises were searched as
part of 'Operation Gentleman' in July last, estimated the
undisclosed income of Kapil Dev and Manoj Prabhakar at around Rs 2.5
crore and of Ajay Jadeja at around Rs 2.2 crore, the sources said.
undisclosed income of Ajay Sharma and Nikhil Chopra was estimated at
around Rs 70 lakhs and Rs 50 lakhs respectively; they said adding
the appraisal reports had been prepared after confronting the
players with evidence gathered during the searches and documents
relating to their advertisement and endorsement revenue, match fees
a nation-wide swoop, taxmen had last year raided premises of
cricketers including Kapil Dev, Jadeja, Ajay Sharma, Nikhil Chopra
and Manoj Prabhakar, Azharuddin and Navjot Sidhu, former ICC chief
Jagmohan Dalmiya, Worldtel chairman Mark Mascarenhas and BCCI
treasurer Kishore Rungta, besides some bookies.
March 4: Banned
Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja has dismissed hopes of making it back
to the national squad. Talking in Mumbai while on way to Jamnagar
from Delhi, Jadeja said he saw slim chances of his playing again for
the country following the five-year ban.
he criticized the off-field speculative comments by the media on the
private life of players. "The criticism by writers and
columnists of young cricketers, linking their on-field performance
to their private life, is not fair," he said.
said it was not fair on the part of former cricketers to criticize
the current players, particularly when the latter are under constant
threat of being dropped from the team by the selectors following
even a solitary bad performance.
are there five changes in our current Test team when we performed
well against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe last year. Is there any logic
of trying with Rahul Sanghvi as spinner when Sunil Joshi had
performed well with both the bat and the ball in the last Test
series," he questioned.
is currently working with a project to help the earthquake victims
of Gujarat. His petition against his involvement in the match-fixing
scandal will come up for a verdict on March 29.
after that, I will decide on my future course of action," he
said. Criticizing the selectors for juggling with young cricketers
without giving them a fair chance to prove their worth, Jadeja said
such short-term attitude would not help Indian cricket.
code of Conduct to help combat sports fraud
Delhi, March 3: India on Saturday announced a strict code of
conduct to help combat fraud in sport.
Minister Uma Bharati said the code, covering all sports federations,
had been formulated in response to the recent cricket match-fixing
had found ourselves helpless and unable to take any action then. We
want to prevent such a situation in future," Bharati told
Indian Skipper Mohammad Azharuddin and Test Player Ajay Sharma were
banned for life by India's cricket board late last year while Former
all rounder Manoj Prabhakar and batting sensation Ajay Jadeja were
barred for five years.
move was prompted by a federal police report naming the players in
connection with match-fixing. All denied the charges, with
Azharuddin and Jadeja challenging their bans in court.
police report also castigated the Board of Control for Cricket in
India (BCCI) for failing to investigate the allegations of rigged
results. The BCCI had dismissed them as "just conjecture".
speaking after a meeting with provincial sports ministers, added,
"We are in favour of a very strict code for all sports
federations in the country so that Indian sport can be
The minister said details of the code would be unveiled soon following final negotiations with sports federations.
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