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  Wednesday, 1 November, 2000, 17:57 GMT
Match-fixing report: The investigators
Journalists digest the report
Journalists digest the damning Indian report
Indian journalist Sandeep Singh profiles the key people behind the publication of the latest report into cricket corruption.

Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, the Sports Minister

Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa has been a long-standing sports official in his north Indian home state of Punjab where he has headed the Punjab Olympic Association as president for a decade and a half.

He is also the current president of the Cycling Federation of India.

Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa
Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa

Dhindsa has never been under such intense scrutiny before and he has loved every minute of it despite heading what it is normally regarded a 'soft' ministry.

Despite his long-standing involvement with sports administration, Dhindsa now says organisation of sport in India in all disciplines, not just cricket, "needs plenty of improvement".

One recurring feature of his press briefings has been the oft-repeated statement: "The guilty must be punished but the innocent must not be slandered."

Yet he did not think twice before making public the 'confidential' CBI report into match-fixing.

The report includes submissions by several bookmakers that allege leading cricketers from various countries have accepted amounts of money for supplying pitch reports and team insights, but not necessarily fixed games.

Dr A.C.Muthiah, BCCI President

Pitched into the controversy within the first year of becoming president of the Indian cricket board, this suave, soft-spoken scion of a leading industrial family of southern India has been the public face of the Indian cricket establishment.

Unfortunately, this has done little credit to his own standing as an able administrator.

Muthiah, whose late father M.A.Chidambaram was president of the BCCI two decades ago, is the balancing factor in the faction-ridden Indian board. His personal clout enables him to take a firm stand on the controversies that often pop up.

He has been a steadfast advocate of not debarring any cricketer from selection until proven guilty of match-fixing, but has lately succumbed to pressure from the sports ministry to leave out tainted players.

It was Muthiah's message to the Indian selectors to pick the team on current form, overlooking objections from the team management or coach, which saw the return of Mohammed Azharuddin after last year's disastrous tour of Australia. The lacklustre performances led to Sachin Tendulkar's resignation.

Central Bureau of Investigation

The Indian version of the FBI is the country's premier investigative agency. It usually handles high-profile cases refered to it by other state investigating agencies and governments. It also coordinates investigation in India on behalf of Interpol member countries.

Presently headed by R.K.Raghavan - the CBI director whose passion for cricket has seen him turn his hand to radio commentary - the agency came into the picture when sports minister Dhindsa, under pressure from the Indian parliament, handed it the match-fixing probe.

The agency, which in the recent past has come in for flak for pressing bribery charges against several leading Indian politicians on flimsy evidence, has been guarded about levelling charges against cricketers.

In fact, the report specifically says the testimonies of bookmakers and their punters may not stand up in court without collaborating evidence.

CBI is the second investigating authority to probe match-fixing in India after Delhi police investigators found Hansie Cronje had been involved with bookmakers during South Africa's last tour of India.

Police in the capital have not been involved in the current investigation.

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