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Plumb In The Middle

A '99 Indo-Pak World Cup league match. The usual suspects. An ICC probe closes in. Updates

Plumb In The Middle
Plumb In The Middle
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That particular match is now the subject of an ongoing inquiry by the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACU) of world cricket's governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC). The roles of the two rival captains, Wasim Akram and Mohammed Azharuddin, are under scrutiny. A host of other Pakistani players—including Saleem Malik—are being examined for "under-performance" by the ACU. In its confidential correspondence with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the ACU has suggested that the match was 'fixed' by Delhi-based punter, Ratan Mehta. ACU chief Sir Paul Condon, who sent "classified" letters to the PCB early last year, pointedly refers to the role of Mehta in "arranging the under-performance" of the Pakistani cricketers. In the match under question, Akram was out after scoring 12 runs while Malik was leg before wicket, scoring just 6 runs. Though India never made it to the semi-finals, the 'convincing win' was met with much celebration back home in India.

Mehta, whose name had cropped up during the cbi's four-month-long investigation into match-fixing in 2000, was in close touch with several cricketers, including Ajay Jadeja. As a big-time punter, Mehta was also extremely close to the entire Pakistani team, who have often visited his restaurant Mini Mahal in New Delhi's posh Vasant Vihar. Interestingly, his sister Mona was arrested by the police in Delhi while betting during the '99 World Cup.

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