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    ICC chairman “in the grip of the mafia”

    A former Indian cricket chief has encouraged ICC chairman Jagmohan Dalmiya to "confess" about his role in match-fixing and illegal betting.

    In a bizarre twist to the ongoing match-fixing furore, Dalmiya, found himself personally embroiled when he was accused of collusion in the entire scandal.
    On Thursday Dalmiya, a Calcutta businessman, dismissed the allegation by a former Indian cricket board chairman that he was "in the grip of sharks and the mafia".

    Inderjit Singh Bindra, who was chairman of the organising committee behind the successful 1987 World Cup, is a former colleague of Dalmiya, having sat on the Indian board together before falling out with each other.

    Bindra would not expand on his allegation, made at a media conference, although he did indicated that Dalmiya should "confess", just as the former South African captain Hansie Cronje has. But the claim is bound to hang over the ICC's emergency meeting in London on 2 May, where the game's governing body will be under immense pressure to stem the bleeding that is threatening the life of the sport.

    Dalmiya said it was "below his dignity" to defend himself against the charge. "I'm surprised that instead of naming anybody, Bindra is indulging in unnecessary kite-flying," he said.