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BCCI unaware of ACU officials' visit

September 13, 2005 17:44 IST

The Board of Control for Cricket in India ruled out initiating an inquiry into allegations that matches in the recent tri-series in Zimbabwe were fixed and also denied knowledge about the visit of two ICC Anti-Corruption Unit officials to the country.

"As of now, we are not going to initiate any inquiry, as we have not received any complaint from anywhere. As regards the visit of two ICC officials, I want to make it clear that the Board has no information about their visit," BCCI president Ranbir Singh Mahendra told reporters in Chandigarh on Tuesday.

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"They have not got in touch with us, so the question of our establishing contact with them, therefore, does not arise."

He said even the International Cricket Council hasn't informed the BCCI about its officials visiting India. "Whatever we have learnt is through the media."

A report in a leading newspaper on Tuesday said two ACU officials -- Alan Peacock and Martin Hawkins -- were in Delhi recently to probe allegations that the Zimbabwe tri-series, involving India, New Zealand and Zimbabwe -- was fixed.

Mahendra affirmed that the Board is "very much serious" about tackling the menace of match-fixing.

"In the past we have shown that we are the only cricket Board in the world which has taken action. However, till there is any substance or something credible, initiating any action is not possible," he added.

Asked about the meeting that reportedly took place between the ACU officials and Indian investigating agencies, including the Central Bureau of Investigation, Mahendra said, "No investigating agency or the police has given us any information."

On the alleged links of bar girl Tarannum Khan with bookies, Mahendra said the police haven't provided them any information in this regard.

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