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    Match-fixing in India

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    `Match-fixing in India also'

    NEW DELHI: Former skipper Bishan Singh Bedi and
    player-turned-parliamentarian Kirti Azad have said Indian
    cricket was not free of match-fixing with the latter favouring
    a probe by a sitting Supreme Court judge into the allegtions.

    "The only way to sort out this problem is to initiate an inquiry
    headed by a sitting Supreme Court judge and decide once
    and for all whether our cricketers are clean or not," former
    Test cricketer Kirti Azad said.

    Bedi said ``if Pakistani cricketers are involved, I find it
    difficult to believe that Indian players are above it all. This is
    a disease of the 1990's and it needs to be rooted out before it
    reaches the new millennium."

    Their comments, as well as that of cricket administrator Sunil
    Dev, came during the course of a debate "The Big Fight" on
    "Star News" channel, a press release from NDTV said.

    Stressing the need for a panel on the lines of the one set up
    in Pakistan under Lahore high court judge Malik Mohammad
    Qayyum to probe the issue in that country, Azad said he
    would raise the issue in the coming Lok Sabha session.

    "If anyone has any evidence of match-fixing, they can place
    it before the commission, and then let the judge decide
    whether there is any truth to it," he said.

    Sunil Dev said "I am certain that some Indian cricketers have
    been involved in match-fixing" and said he was ready to
    provide names if the government ordered a CBI probe,
    according to the release.

    Sunil Dev was manager of the Indian squad that toured
    South Africa in 1997. (PTI)