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No deadline for probe: Dalmiya

Did Jagmohan Dalmiya leave N Srinivasan in what batsmen call the corridor of uncertainty by stating that the probe into whether Gurunath Meiyappan was linked to the Chennai Super Kings would have no deadline? HT reports. Decisions at a glance

cricket Updated: Jun 07, 2013 01:42 IST
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Did Jagmohan Dalmiya leave N Srinivasan in what batsmen call the corridor of uncertainty by stating that the probe into whether Gurunath Meiyappan was linked to the Chennai Super Kings would have no deadline?

In Indian cricket 'administrationspeak' such a statement could be interpreted in myriad ways and it was after Dalmiya wrapped up Thursday evening’s media conference.

"There will be no deadline for the probe committee. We want total justice and will go deep into it," said Dalmiya, the interim president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2013/6/07_06_13-metro21b.gif

Srinivasan has been asked to step aside till the probe ends and the BCCI’s annual general meeting is due next September where elections will be held for the president’s post.

Two-man panel
This was after Dalmiya said that no one from the BCCI would now be part of the investigation. "We repose full faith in the two retired judges." Retired judges T Jayram Choutha and R Balasubramanian, both part of the original panel, would be in charge of the probe that will investigate whether Meiyappan and the Rajasthan Royals broke rules or brought the Indian T20 league into disrepute.

Dalmiya said the Delhi Police’s statement that Raj Kundra, one of the Royals owners, has admitted to betting would be discussed at an emergent meeting of the BCCI’s working committee in New Delhi on Monday.

"We will look into the details and if it demands we will take strict action," said Dalmiya.

In the same combative mood, Dalmiya assured the BCCI would get to the bottom of India captain MS Dhoni’s alleged conflict of interest. "But at this juncture when we are in the midst of the Champions Trophy, we are not going to earn anything by disturbing the atmosphere."

Given that links continue to emerge between betting and Indian cricket, Dalmiya was asked whether the BCCI would take the lead and ask for betting to be legalised like it is in a number of countries. "It’s premature to say that now. Let’s first end these inquiries," he said.