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Volume 10 No. 24

Leagues and Governing Bodies

The spot-fixing/betting investigation "that started with a bang and rocked the cricket world seems to have fizzled out, if the long silence of Delhi and Mumbai Police investigators is anything to go by," according to Anand, Panigrahi & Thaver of the HINDUSTAN TIMES. On Wednesday, "the Delhi Police hit another legal roadblock." A city court said that the special cell had failed to justify slapping the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act -- usually reserved for gangsters -- on the accused, "especially after having failed to establish a tangible money trail." Investigators "within the force agreed." An officer said, "Instead of arresting the three players merely on the basis of intercepted conversations, they should have moved in and caught them accepting payment red-handed" (HINDUSTAN TIMES, 6/13). IANS reported former Board of Control for Cricket in India President Inderjit Singh Bindra "has taken exception to the board imposing severe restrictions on players and by inference blaming them for all the ills in Indian cricket." Bindra is particularly unhappy with the way his friend, BCCI interim CEO Jagmohan Dalmiya "tried to find fault with only the players for all the untoward happenings in the Indian Premier League." Bindra wrote in his blog, "I observed that we should not give the impression that the players are solely responsible for all malefactions and corruption in the game. I suggested that we should start the clean-up operations at the very top and the Administrators should set the example by agreeing for public probity, thus standing up for ethical behaviour and higher moral standards" (IANS, 6/13).

ANOTHER ARREST: In Chennai, Shubhomoy Sikdar wrote Feroz -- "a bookie who was allegedly in touch with members of the underworld based in Dubai and Karachi and served as a connecting link between them and other bookies based in India" -- has been arrested by the Delhi Police Special Cell in connection with the IPL spot-fixing case (THE HINDU, 6/13).

WOMEN'S CRICKET: The PTI reported an inquiry committee formed by the Pakistan Cricket Board to probe allegations of sexual harassment made by some women players of the Multan region "has completed its proceedings." Ayesha Ashar, who headed the inquiry committee, said, "I can't say here what our findings are but we took this matter very seriously because when women's cricket is still developing in Pakistan such allegations will only discourage girls from taking to the game" (PTI, 6/13).

Former Australian Football League powerbroker Ian Collins said that "the league is losing money and dividing fans with its investment in smaller markets." Collins, the former football operations manager, has questioned the expansion model, and said ''there are warning signs all is not well in the AFL'' (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 6/14). ... With all sorts of disputes in six provinces, the South African FA's Second Division League national playoffs "have been postponed indefinitely to deal with the protests that have been lodged." So far only three provinces "have determined their winners without boardroom disputes" -- Gauteng (FC Vardos), Eastern Cape (Mthatha Bucks) and Mpumalanga (Mbombela United) (SOWETAN LIVE, 6/13). ... The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has requested La Liga side Sevilla's "necessary documentation" that it asks for from clubs participating in the Europa League. Sevilla finished the year ninth in La Liga, but after sixth-place Málaga's sanction was upheld earlier in the week, could fill Málaga's vacancy (EFE, 6/13).