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Wednesday, Oct 27, 2021
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The Hidden Dirt

The CBI report on match-fixing is only 40 per cent of the truth. There's lots more the sleuths didn't publish, details which throw a damning shadow on the game.

The Hidden Dirt
The Hidden Dirt
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The last word has not yet been said on the murky dealings between the bookie syndicate and cricketers. Outlook is privy to a wealth of information that the cbi chanced upon during its investigations. Though these findings don't figure in the investigative agency's report, they further expose and reveal the unholy pacts struck off the cricket field.
The complete lack of camaraderie—distrust, to be precise—among the team-members, the lust and greed for easy and ill-gotten lucre and the shady and dubious world of the bookie/ punter syndicate are some details which the cbi has managed to unearth and ferret out. Says an investigator: "We didn't want to put these facts in the report but it could be useful in the future if we or other international cricketing boards need to probe further."
Here are some of those revelations which the agency withheld:

  • Manoj Prabhakar was the kingpin and the pointsman for many bookies, including the infamous Mukesh Kumar Gupta, known to the cricket world as MK.

  • The records of Chennai bookie Uttam Chand, as also his cellphone in possession with the cbi, reveal that messages were left in Ajay Jadeja's voicemail. The full details of his connections with other Delhi bookies is yet to be brought to light.

  • MK arranged to pay $60,000 for the upkeep of Sri Lankan cricketer Aravinda De Silva's girlfriend in Australia, who bore him a child.

  • Navjot Singh Sidhu's declaration of Rs 75 lakh through the vdis scheme was a gift from a relative. Ajay Sharma says that Sidhu once showed him a bag of money which he said he would declare as farm income. Sidhu has no farm.

  • Most of the major bookies, including MK, Shoban Mehta and Uttam Chand, have never paid taxes till date. MK told the cbi that he had made over Rs 5 crore through "insider information" to "do" matches. The...
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