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Board should get to the root cause: Maken

Sports minister Ajay Maken Wednesday said suspending five domestic players allegedly involved in spot-fixing was not enough and the Indian cricket board needed to do more to get to the root cause of the menacing problem.

cricket Updated: May 17, 2012 00:38 IST

In the backdrop of a spot-fixing scandal that rocked IPL, Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Wednesday said that BCCI should probe the root cause of the problem and suggested that the body should de-link itself from running IPL to avoid “overlapping of interests”.

“As I have said that the BCCI should go into the root cause of the problem. They have to handle the investigation because BCCI is recognised by the ICC to run cricket in India.

It is their mandate and their duty. They are foremost responsible," Maken said.

The sports minister added that BCCI should also open up its accounts to RTI to bring about much-needed credibility.

“They should not submit their accounts to us but they should open their accounts to RTIs. This will bring much-needed credibility to BCCI.”

He also said that politicians should keep away from running sports bodies. “Politicians should keep themselves away from running sports federations," he said.

First Published: May 16, 2012 16:59 IST