Delhi Police may grill Boje, Gibbs during ICC trophy
The South African duo have been skipping tours to India ever since the controversy broke out in 2000.india Updated: Aug 30, 2006 20:13 IST
Delhi Policeon Wednesdayindicated that it may interrogate South African cricketers Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje on their role in the 2000 match-fixing scandal if they come to India for the Champions Trophy tournament.
The duo, whose names figure in the case, have been skipping tours to India ever since the controversy broke out and Delhi Police has been waiting to lay hands on them to complete their investigation.
"We have to finish our investigation. We will have to see the whole thing all over again," a senior Delhi Police Crime Branch official told when asked whether the cricketers would be questioned during the forthcoming tour.
Reports from South Africa said that it was likely that the duo would travel to India since substantial progress had been made in resolving the legal tangles involved.
The Indian Cricket Board, on its part, said it was in no position to give guarantees to the cricketers.
"The Police is investigating the case and we don't come into the picture," BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah said.
Gibbs and Boje were mentioned in the investigation by Delhi Police who blew the lid on the scandal after tapping a phone conversation of the late South African skipper Hansie Cronje during his team's tour of India in 2000.
Cronje, who later admitted to accepting money from bookmakers and was banned from the game for life, died in a plane crash in 2002.
Gibbs has already served a six-month ban slapped by South African cricket authorities while Boje has denied any wrong doing. Both of them had answered a detailed questionnaire put to them by the Delhi Police in 2004.
City Police Commissioner K K Paul, who had investigated the case, refused to comment saying he was yet to get an official information regarding the tour.
"I can say anything only after getting details about it," he said.