Rajeev Shukla says BCCI has nothing to do with spot-fixing verdict - Cricket News Update
The manager of Indian cricket team, Rajeev Shukla on Wednesday said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has nothing to do with the verdict of Southwark Crown Court in London holding two Pakistan cricketers, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif
guilty of spot fixing.
Shukla, who is the honorary secretary of Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA), said that it is a matter concerning the PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) and ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) and the Indian board and its members have nothing to do with
"I do not think that anybody associated with the BCCI needs to comment on the London court order indicting former Pakistani skipper Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif,” said Shukla while talking to the media reporters on Wednesday.
“It is a matter concerning the cricket boards of Pakistan and England and the Indian cricket board has nothing to do with the matter," he added further.
A 12-member jury of Southwark Crown Court on spot-fixing on Tuesday declared former Test captain of Pakistan Salman Butt and pace bowler Mohammad Asif guilty of charges of “conspiracy to obtain and accept corrupt money”, with a 10-2 majority. The charges
were levelled against the Pakistan trio, teenager Mohammad Amir being the third, by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of Britain.
Replying to a query regarding the lucrative Indian Premier League, the incumbent IPL chairman said, "what is wrong in cricket having become a money-spinner in our country? We must not forget that this scenario has enabled the BCCI to pay its players handsomely,
be they of any level, and also give pension to retired cricketers".
Justice Cooke, the judge of Southwark Crown Court is likely to pronounce the sentences today. Under the British law, the maximum punishment for accepting corrupt money is seven years detention.
Shukla, the 52-year-old Indian cricket team manager, said that the Indian players strictly follow the rules framed by the BCCI and the Anti-corruption unit of International Cricket Council. He further added that his players remain vigilant at home as well
as during foreign tour to ensure no violation of BCCI or ICC code of conduct takes place.