New Delhi: Justice Mukul Mudgal committee’s final report, which had been submitted to the Supreme Court on Monday, has reportedly named a key member of India’s World Cup-winning team and mentioned his links with illegal bookies and match fixers.
Reports suggest that the player wasn't a part of the two teams that are under the scanner (Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals). The player is not in the current India team anymore, but was a big draw for his team in IPL last year, the season that ended with the arrest of three Rajasthan Royals players and a Chennai Super Kings official, Gurunath Meiyappan, on match-fixing and betting charges.
Sources say that during their probe, the investigators came across a three-year-old tape that hinted at a ‘fix’ that went wrong.
Earlier, there have been reports running on fixing claims in the 2011 ICC World Cup as well. It is alleged that the 2011 World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan in March was "fixed". If the Mudgal committee report's findings brings out the player involved, it can also open several other channels.
Meanwhile, several players from the current Indian team have appeared before the investigators as well. It is learnt that the CSK players were asked about the role Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of ICC chairman N Srinivasan, played in decision making at the franchise. Meiyappan's voice sample has been confirmed in a tapped conversation. As per the Central Forensice Science Laboratory, the voices of Meiyappan, actor Vindoo Darasingh and other arrested accused in the IPL spot-fixing case are the same as those intercepted voices of the arrested accused.
The committee also comprise of Solicitor General L Nageshwara Rao, senior advocate Niloy Duta, B B Mishra and ex-India captain Sourav Ganguly. Justice Mukul Mudgal committee’s final report which was submitted on Monday, has avoided taking any names.
The apex court will deliberate on the findings on November 10 which could determine if world cricket chief Narayanaswami Srinivasan can seek re-election as president of the Indian board.
The panel, which is headed by former judge Mukul Mudgal and includes ex-India captain Sourav Ganguly, had in February presented a sealed envelope to the court containing names of 13 individuals who needed to be probed further.