31 October, 2020

The Sting In The Tale

Prabhakar's strategy of blaming others to divert attention backfires

The Sting In The Tale
Finally, the cbi blew the whistle on the self-styled whistle-blower-cum-amateur ‘investigator' of Indian cricket. And it did not take long—just short of two months—for the six-member crack team to call Manoj Prabhakar's bluff. The knockout punch came in his third interrogation with the cbi where he was left with little option but to confess when confronted with the mounting evidence.
Listed by the investigating agency as one player who "contributed significantly to corrupting cricket in India and abroad", it was Prabhakar's extreme proximity with seven prominent bookies and punters that did him in.
"We were suspicious of his actions and talk soon after he named Kapil Dev," says a senior official of the cbi's Special Crimes unit. Yet, they gave him the benefit of doubt. In his first meeting with the cbi on May 24, he described at length the alleged Rs 25-lakh offer made by the former captain to play below par in a Singer Cup tournament in 1994. "He went off with a fervent plea to us to get to the bottom of the matter," recounts an officer. And when he shook the...


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