|June 7, 1997||
Betting scandal: BCCI asks Prabhakar to reveal names
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has asked Manoj Prabhakar to reveal the names of the people who offered him money to throw a match by not giving his best.
BCCI honorary secretary Jagmohan Dalmiya, in a letter addressed to Prabhakar, said, 'We are sure you will appreciate the seriousness of the allegations and we would request you to furnish full details of the persons involved and also other relevant details so that the Board can make a full inquiry into the matter".
Ajit Wadekar, the former manager of the Indian team, this week dismissed Prabhakar's allegations that an Indian cricketer offered him money to sabotage India's chances during a match. Wadekar claimed that since rumours were afloat about such incidents in the cricketing world, he had "kept a tab" on the players's activities without the players's 'knowledge and that he found nothing incriminating or objectionable.
Wadekar, Dalmiya said, had mentioned about keeping an eye on the players in one of his tour reports. The Board has, therefore, requested Wadekar to furnish the details of the circumstances that led him to keep ''a tab'' on the players's activities.
The Board will make a detailed enquiry after receiving information from Prabhakar and Wadekar. The matter will be discussed at length at the BCCI's next working committee meeting scheduled for early July.
"Nobody will be spared if proved guilty of match fixing. At the same time, however, the Board will not allow anyone to settle personal scores using the media as the platform," Dalmiya said.
Asked about the reported allegations of betting by players and journalists, Dalmiya said,"Betting in itself is illegal. And it is especially undesirable for Board officials or players or even journalists associated with cricket to indulge in such degrading activities.''
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