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Thursday, 31 May, 2001, 09:28 GMT 10:28 UK
Dalmiya dismisses Condon report
Jagmohan Dalmiya with Malcom Gray, his ICC successor
Dalmiya with Malcolm Gray, his successor at the ICC
The former president of cricket's governing body has dismissed Sir Paul Condon's initial report into match-fixing as a "cosmetic exercise".

It appears to be a hasty compilation
Jagmohan Dalmiya

Jagmohan Dalmiya was the International Cricket Council's president from 1997 to 2000 before being replaced by Malcolm Gray of Australia.

It was during Dalmiya's time at the ICC that the Anti-Corruption Unit was set up last year, but he says the report has disappointed him.

Dalmiya has often cut a controversial figure. He is currently involved in an Indian federal investigation into the sale of television rights during his spell in charge of the ICC.

"The report does not say anything new, nor does it help in solving the issue," said Dalmiya.

The 77-page interim report identified the root of the problem and said world cricket remained plagued by match-fixing. It did not identify any players or officials, but the investigation still has another two years to run.

"It appears to be a hasty compilation," Dalmiya continued.

Sir Paul Condon
Sir Paul Condon delivered his initial report

"Some parts have been taken from the Qayuum report in Pakistan, some from the King's commission in South Africa and some from the CBI report in India.

"It's a cosmetic exercise. Just saying that match-fixing goes on and some matches were suspicious is not enough."

Dalmiya was ICC president from 1997 to 2000 before being replaced by Malcolm Gray of Australia.

Indian authorities are investigating the sale of television rights for the ICC knock-out tournament staged in Bangladesh in 1998.

The Central Bureau of Investigation, whose report into match-fixing led to the ACU being set up, raided Dalmiya's offices and home in Calcutta earlier this year.

Dalmiya denies the charge.

In his report Sir Paul said that he will assist the CBI in probing the charges against Dalmiya and others.

The ICC will meet next month to discuss Sir Paul's report.

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