CBI Report on Match Fixing circa 2000 - Revisited

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CBI Report on Match Fixing circa 2000 - Revisited

Postby bolero » Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:23 am

Dr. ALI IRANI

Dr Ali Irani, Physiotherapist of Indian Cricket team, stated that he had been with the Indian Cricket team from 1987 to 1997, expect for a gap of around 6 months in between. According to him. It was in 1994, in the India-West Indies one-day international at Kanpur, that everybody, for the first time, felt that something was wrong. In fact match, Manoj Prabhakar and Nayan Mongia did not chase the target and just played out the remaining balls.

According to Dr. Irani, it looked as if they were batting to play out the balls rather than winning the mach and passing necessary instructions, was sitting in the dressing -room unmindful of what was happening on the ground. Dr. Irani further stated that people were so upset that one of the selectors, G. R. Vishwanath, even came to the dressing room and shouted at Wadekar asking him whether he knew what was going on and whether he had passed on any instructions.

After the match was over, when Manoj Prabhakar came to the dressing room, he said that Nayan Mongia had asked him to play out the remaining balls, as that was the instruction from the dressing room. When Nayan Mongia was asked about it, he said that he had been told to say so but who had told him to say so, he could not explain.

That evening when the team was returning after dinner in a bus, Manoj Prabhakar was abusing Wadekar and Azhar probably because he knew that a decision to drop him and Nayan Mongia for the next two matches had been taken.

Dr. Irani also stated that certain undesirable characters were gaining entry into the dressing room. There was an instance of team members, specially from the South in a Test Match against Sri Lanka in 1996 strongly objecting to the presence of Ajay Sharma, a former Indian player, in the dressing room.

Dr. Irani further stated that he also saw Ajay Sharma in Chandigarh when the Indian Team was playing there. Ajay Sharma had brought some bats for Azharuddin, but, during that match, Azhar was down with fever and he could not play, so he left the place with Ajay Sharma. It was well known that Ajay Sharma was very close to Azhar.

Another instance where Dr. Irani suspected the match was deliberately lost was in the West Indies in 1997. The Indian team had to make only a few runs, but in spite of a number of wickets in hand, they could not make them and the manner in which the team played raised suspicion. After the match, some of the boys blamed the loss due to "a silly excuse" like "Voodoo" being practiced by some locals on the field.

Dr. Irani categorically stated that he was not aware of the alleged offer of Rs.25 lakhs made by Kapil Dev to Manoj Prabhakar to under perform in Sri Lanka till the controversy appeared in the media a couple of years back. He could not say whether the allegation was correct.

Dr. Irani further stated that in the Indian Team, Nayan Mongia and Manoj Prabhakar were good friends and so were Azhar and Ajay Jadeja and Sidhu and Manoj Prabhakar. Initially, Ajay Jadeja was also very close to Manoj Prabhakar. Dr. Irani had often seen Azhar and Ajay Jadeja talking in hushed tones and very often he had doubted that their conversation related to some "hanky-panky" in the matches.

Dr. Ali Irani denied knowing any person by the name M.K. Gupta. However, on being shown a photograph to him by Azhar as "John" and not "M.K. Gupta", in a test match in Ahmedabad in 1996. Later, when Azhar became closer to Dr. Irani, he opened up and asked him to collect money on his behalf. Dr. Irani told Azhar that he could not collect money on his behalf, but if someone gave money for Azhar through him in his room he would tell Azhar. Azhar then told him that "John" would give him money and then this person "John" and his representative (a guy from Bombay) gave him money for Azhar on a number of occasions. Azhar would ring him or tell him in advance that John would be sending money.

Dr. Irani, however, stated that he could not say how much money had been transferred by John to Azhar, but each transaction was in lakhs and some transactions were as high as Rs.10 to 15 lakhs. For rendering this service Azhar used to pay Dr. Irani anywhere from Rs.25,000/- to Rs.50,000/- on each occasion. Dr Irani further stated that although he as a conduit for transfer of money from John to Azhar, he did on each occasion tell Azhar that what he was doing was not correct. However, his greed to be with the Indian Team as a physiotherapist got the better of him.

On being asked as to which other players were involved with Azhar, Dr. Irani stated that he thought that Ajay Jadeja, Nayan Mongia and Manoj Prabhakar were also involved with Azhar in this matter. He further stated that he had absolutely no doubt about the involvement of Ajay Jadeja with Azhar as, in 1996, on day Ajay Jadeja told him not to talk about 'such things' as he was no longer into it. Dr. Irani suspected that he said this to him since Ajay knew by that time that Azhar had confided in him as to what was happening. Dr. Irani further stated that the bookies normally approached the players individually and that often two players would not even realise that they had been approached by the same bookie.

Dr. Irani further stated that if one studied the body language of the players after a match, then at times, one could realise that a particular player was involved in match fixing. There have been occasions even when the Indian team had won, some players were not happy after the match. In fact, in a match against Pakistan during the 'Independence Cup' , the Indian team had won, but when the camera focussed on Azhar, he did not appear happy. Noticing this, the camera focussed on him for a considerable time. Dr. Irani further stated that during the later stages, his relationship with Azhar had come under strain because the latter objected to his association with Sangeeta Bijlani.

Dr. Irani further stated that often one could tell from the reaction of the players in the team meeting, prior to the match, about their performance. He said this was especially true in the case of Manoj Prabhakar and N.S. Sidhu. Whenever they spoke a lot in the team meeting, he knew that they were not going to perform well in the next match.

Dr. Irani stated that he had never heard anything adverse regarding Tendulkar. In fact, in most of matches where fixing was taking place, the clue was that the game would 'be on' only when Tendulkar got out because he was one player who could single-handedly win the match and upset any calculation.

On being asked about the involvement of underworld in match fixing and betting specially with reference to the involvement of Sharad Shetty, Dr. Irani stated that although he did not have any knowledge, once Azhar had told him that as he was doing matches with Anees Ibrahim, he could not do with anyone else.

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Re: CBI Report on Match Fixing circa 2000 - Revisited

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Re: CBI Report on Match Fixing circa 2000 - Revisited

Postby bolero » Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:28 am

AJAY SHARMA

He denied that he provided information regarding weather, pitch etc to M K Gupta during the Indian Team's tour to New Zealand in 1990. But he remembered that M K had rung up his hotel room during the New Zealand tour in 1990 and had talked to Manoj Prabhakar. After the New Zealand tour, Ajay Sharma was dropped from the Indian team scheduled to tour England and it was during this period that he personally introduced Manoj Prabhakar M K Gupta on the insistence of M K Gupta. Thereafter, he lost touch with M K Gupta who became close to Manoj Prabhakar.

Ajay Sharma further stated that once he had introduced Azhar to M K Gupta, they kept him out from their dealings and he, therefore, could not say specifically which matches they had fixed. However, during the Triangular Titan Cup Series in 1996 in India in which South Africa and Australia were also taking part, some complications arose between Azhar and M K Gupta. The latter two had decided to fix matches during the series but the result of one match did not turn out to be as arranged and M K Gupta lost a lot of money.

M K Gupta held him also responsible for his loss as it was he who had introduced Azhar to M K Gupta and M K asked him to accompany him to Hyderabad after just after the series to talk to Azhar regarding the loss suffered by him. He further stated that he travelled with M K Gupta to Hyderabad and stayed in a hotel very close to Azhar's house in Banjara Hills. They met Azhar in Hyderabad, and during the meeting. Azhar promised M K Gupta that he would make up his loss in the ensuing Test Series against South Africa.

Ajay Sharma also revealed that the other players through whom Azhar operated were Ajay Jadeja and Nayan Mongia. As far as his knowledge goes, Ajay Jadeja, N S Sidhu and Manoj Prabhakar also operated together. In fact, N S Sidhu once showed him a black bag containing a large sum of money and said that this was black money which would be converted into white by showing it was farm income.

Ajay Sharma further stated that during the Australia tour of India in 1996, M K Gupta had approached him and asked him if he could have a pitch prepared at the Feroze Shah Kotla Ground in Delhi which would lead to a certain result and for which M K promised to reward him and the grounds man suitably. In this connection, he spoke to groundsman Choudhary at Feroz Shah Kotla and also arranged his meeting with M K Gupta near RajGhat. Choudhary accordingly prepared the desired wicket and a result was obtained in the test match in three and half days.

On being asked about the recent telephone calls made to Azhar just before or on the day of the matches, he stated that during these calls he used to wish Azhar "All the Best" and also asked him if he had spoken to the Guptas.

On being asked about on Anil Saxena of the Taj Palace Hotel in Delhi, Ajay Sharma stated that he was very close to Azhar and that he also used to keep Azhar's money in the lockers in Taj Palace Hotel. On one occasion, on the instructions of Azhar, he had deposited Rs. 15 lakh in the locker through Saxena in Taj Palace Hotel. He had received this money from Ajay Gupta on behalf of Azhar.

During the 1999 World Cup in England, Ajay Sharma had requested Ajay Gupta to fund him and his family to visit UK. Accordingly, Ajay Gupta arranged for his and his family's visit to England during World Cup 1999. Ajay Gupta also gave an affidavit in May, 1999 in his office at Central Warehousing Corporation that Ajay Gupta would meet all his expenditure during his visit to the UK as Ajay Sharma could not have shown such an expenditure, being a Government Servant.

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Re: CBI Report on Match Fixing circa 2000 - Revisited

Postby bolero » Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:29 am

MOHD AZHARUDDIN

Azharuddin admitted on further questioning that he was first introduced to M.K. Gupta @ MK by Ajay Sharma sometime in 1995, at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi. Ajay Sharma and MK had been approaching him to under perform in some matches for a consideration. Mukesh Gupta had offered him a sum of Rs. 1.25 crore, but the deal did not materialise. He accepted that he had taken money on some occasions from MK but did not under perform in most of the matches in which he had taken money. He stated that the Titan Cup match between India and South Africa at Rajkot in 1996 was fixed through Mukesh Gupta, and revealed that Ajay Jadeja and Nayan Mongia were also involved along with him. A match in Pepsi Asia Cup in Sri Lanka in 1997 was also fixed through MK. He accepted that he had introduced Mukesh Kumar Gupta to Hansie Cronje at Kanpur in 1996.

On being asked about Ajay Gupta and Ameesh Gupta whose cell phone numbers figured frequently in his telephone print-out, he stated that he had met Ajay Gupta and his associates sometime in 1998 through Ajay Sharma. He had a letter of intent for a petrol pump issued by the Ministry of Petroleum in 1996 which was under litigation and wanted to seek Ajay Gupta's help.

On being asked whether Ameesh Guptas s/o Gyan Chand Gupta paid for his shopping at Harrods in London in 1999 during the World Cup, he stated that he had made some purchases and Ameesh Gupta had paid for the same.

On further questioning, he accepted that Ajay Gupta and his associates had approached him sometime to fix matches. He does not remember how much money he had received from them. The Pepsi Cup match between India and Pakistan at Jaipur in 1999 was fixed through them and Jadeja and Nayan Mongia were also involved with him in the deal. He was paid around Rs.10 lacs after that match by some unknown person on behalf on Guptas. Azhar admitted that Ameesh Gupta had given him mobile phone -98-111- 50860-through which he used to contact him during matches.

On being asked whether he had met Dawood Ibrahim, he stated that he had seen him a few times in Sharjah where Dawood Ibrahim used to be present during cricket matches. He denied having any telephonic conversation with him. On being asked whether he had spoken to Abu Salem, he stated that Abu Salem had rung him up on a couple of occasions and requested him to fix some matches but he had refused.

On being asked about Hamid Banjo Cassim of South Africa, Azhar accepted that he had met him whenever he visited South Africa. On being asked about Pappu Bhutani, he stated that he knew him but he had not purchased any expensive watch from him. Azhar also stated that he presented a Rolex watch costing around Rs.75, 000/- to Ajit Wadekar as a token of appreciation since Ajit Wadekar always used to guide him when he was the Coach of Indian team.

On being asked about the alleged offer made by Kapil Dev to Manoj Prabakar in Singer Cup, 1994, he stated that Manoj Prabhakar never informed him about this alleged offer and he came to know of this only through newspapers recently. About the India-West Indies one-day match at Kanpur in 1994 where Manoj Prabhakar and Nayan Mongia had batted slowly, he stated that there were no instructions from the dressing room that they should bat slowly and he could not comprehend the reasons behind such tactics.

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Re: CBI Report on Match Fixing circa 2000 - Revisited

Postby bolero » Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:32 am

MANOJ PRABHAKAR

Prabhakar has stated that he used to receive money only when such introduction proved profitable to Mukesh Kumar Gupta. Mukesh Kumar Gupta has stated that the following players were introduced to him by Prabhakar.

1) Arvinda D'silva : Mukesh Kumar Gupta has stated that Prabhakar had introduced Arvinda D'silva to him but Prabhakar in his statement has denied it.

2) Salim Malik : Prabhakar introduced Malik during a match between Wills Cup winners of Pakistan and Wills Cup winners of India. This match took place in 1991 at Delhi. Prabhakar has accepted that he introduced Salim Malik to Mukesh Kumar Gupta.

3) Dean Jones : Dean Jones was introduced by Prabhakar during a festival match at Sri Lanka and Prabhakar was paid a sum of Rs 2 lakh. Mukesh Kumar Gupta has further stated that he and Prabhakar had come back to India in the same flight from Colombo after that tournament. Prabhakar has denied that he introduced Dean Jones, but accepted that he and Mukesh Kumar Gupta had come back to India by the same flight on one occasion from Sri Lanka.

4) Brian Lara: Prabhakar introduced him to MK and Prabhakar has accepted it.

5) Arjuna Ranatunga: Mukesh Kumar Gupta has stated that he was introduced by Prabhakar. The latter has denied it.

6) Alec Stewart: Prabhakar introduced him. Accepted by Prabhakar.

7) Mark Waugh: MK was introduced to Mark Waugh by Prabhakar during a six-a-side tournament in Hong Kong. Prabhakar has accepted this in his statement.

8) Gus Logie : Prabhakar had rung up Gus Logie from his (Prabhakar's) residence at Ghaziabad for an introduction to Mukesh Kumar Gupta but Logie refused to talk to him. Prabhakar has accepted this in his statement.

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Re: CBI Report on Match Fixing circa 2000 - Revisited

Postby Katto » Fri Nov 17, 2017 12:13 pm

Interesting read, but seems to be some conflicts... who to believe?

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Re: CBI Report on Match Fixing circa 2000 - Revisited

Postby bolero » Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:19 pm

Katto, interesting read, isn't it? I don't think they probed till the very end. Cronje, Azhar and Co were made the villains. What about the administrators?

Some contradictions too. Looks like they were trying to save their own ass.

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Re: CBI Report on Match Fixing circa 2000 - Revisited

Postby bolero » Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:22 pm

Ali Irani said the game was on only when Tendulkar was out. Which means we can interpret Sachin was not in these murky deals.