Zeenews Sports Bureau
New Delhi: It’s BCCI versus Sports Minister Ajay Maken again! This time over the issue of match-fixing. Hours after Maken said that the BCCI should investigate the match-fixing claims made by Vinod Kambli, the Indian cricket board has responded by saying it doesn’t give any importance to the former cricketer’s claims and indicated an investigation would not be ordered.
BCCI vice president Rajiv Shukla reportedly said no one could question the credibility of Indian cricketers, and added the board has always been strict against match-fixing and has never forgiven any culprits.
Maken had earlier said that the Sports Ministry might step in if the BCCI fails to order a probe.
Kambli had earlier created quite a flutter by claiming that something was "amiss" in India`s loss in the 1996 World Cup semi-final against Sri Lanka. Maken said that the claim should be investigated for all its worth.
"When a player of the team has made a charge, it should be thoroughly investigated. People of the country have the right to know what exactly happened. Whether the accusations made by the player are true or false, the people have the right to know," Maken said.
"So, it should be properly investigated and if something wrong has happened then the culprits should be punished," he said.
"We will see. As you know, the BCCI has not come to the Sports Ministry for any recognition so far but I would want, whatever agency is there, BCCI should order a probe into it. If the BCCI doesn`t conduct a probe, we will look at it," he added.
Maken also stressed on the importance of having a law against betting in sports.
"We will have a look over it and see if it (anti-corruption law) has to be done by the sports ministry or the home ministry. We will have it examined," he said.
"I think it is high time, we have a law against betting as far as sports is concerned in our country."
Kambli`s claims have, however, been rejected by the then skipper Mohammad Azharuddin, the then coach Ajit Wadekar and former opener Sanjay Manjrekar.