28 September, 2020

Out For A Lame Duck

Has the BCCI preempted a government inquiry into Prabhakar's match-fixing allegations?

Out For A Lame Duck

THE God of Indian Cricket sure moves in mysterious ways. For over a fortnight after Outlook's expose of the betting and bribery scandal, Jagmohan Dalmiya insisted that the onus of providing proof lay on the accuser, Manoj Prabhakar, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could do nothing about it.

Even on his return to Calcutta on June 18 as newly-crowned chief of the International Cricket Council (ICC), he sang the same raga: "Unless Prabhakar tells us who offered him the Rs 25 lakh...." Twenty-four hours later, the same man was announcing a one-man team to investigate the allegations.

The announcement was made in the name of the BCCI president, which added to the mystery. Raj Singh Dungarpur was away when the scandal broke. But he had attended the ICC meeting in London. So if the BCCI bosses had agreed on an inquiry there, why hadn't Dalmiya made the announcement on landing?

The BCCI action was possibly prompted by three factors. Former Supreme Court chief justice Y.V. Chandrachud's consent to sit on the panel had arrived only on the morning...



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