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Gibbs wants to talk to Delhi Police

Gibbs has asked the SA board to allow him to tour India, reports Kadambari Murali.

india Updated: Sep 01, 2006 00:41 IST
Kadambari Murali
Kadambari Murali

Finally, Herschelle Gibbs seems willing to travel to India and be questioned by the Delhi Police over the matchfixing controversy, potentially putting an end to what has been a six-year wait.

Talking to the Hindustan Times on Wednesday night, Tony Irish, head of the South African Cricketers' Association, said: "This time round, there's a keenness to travel to India and settle the matter. Herschelle is very keen to travel to India and be interviewed if the police are interested. But, obviously, he would request that his legal representatives be present."

Gibbs is believed to have put in a proposal to Cricket South Africa (CSA, the SA board) that he be allowed to travel to India with his lawyer as part of next month's Champions Trophy squad, so as to be in a position to be interviewed.

As things stand, neither Gibbs nor Nicky Boje tour India for fear of being interrogated or, worse, arrested.

Asked if they had received assurances -- as they had asked for in the past -- that the two would not be detained, Irish said he was well aware that the Delhi Police was "not in a position to give us any kind of assurances".

A senior Crime Branch officer said such a blanket guarantee was impossible as matters would depend on the outcome of the interview -- that is, on what Herschelle Gibbs would tell the

Irish, the man handling the issue for the players, said tripartite discussions were continuing on the issue, among the players, CSA and International Cricket Council.

An ICC official told HT that the discussions had been on for a while. Asked if there was any progress, he said, "As they're still on, that would be the case." He refused to elaborate.

Interestingly, the discussions involve neither the BCCI nor the Delhi Police, which logically, they should.

Irish said Gibbs had not directly been in touch with the Delhi Police to ask them to interview him on neutral ground, as some reports have indicated. "From our perspective, it's really up to the police," he said.

First Published: Aug 31, 2006 01:01 IST