No punch in Condon's report: Dalmiya
Former ICC president Jagmohan Dalmiya on Wednesday said the apex body's anti-corruption unit chief
Paul Condon's report on match-fixing is "merely cosmetic" and
has no real substance.
"The report does not really throw much light on the match-fixing issue. It does not say anything new. Just making
references to some events does not help in solving the
issue," Dalmiya told a press conference in Calcutta on Wednesday.
Dalmiya said the report had not gone into the depth of the
match-fixing issue which rocked international cricket
though Condon had studied the reports of various other
agencies and commissions probing the matter.
The first report of the Anti-Corruption Unit, which was
released in London on May 23, had said that the match-fixing
scandal had justifiably undermined confidence in the ability
of those running the game and had suggested recommendations to
cleanse the game.
The Unit, headed by the former Metropolitan Police chief,
was set up last year after Hansie Cronje admitted taking money
from an Indian bookie. Dalmiya, who was the ICC president at
that time, was in favour of setting up the unit.
Dalmiya said Condon had also questioned the credibility of
the India-New Zealand semi-final match in the ICC Knock-out
tournament in Kenya but had not mentioned any specific
"He has made a passing mention to that match. The New
Zealand board have been quick to defend their players. I don't
know whether the Indian board has defended its players since I
was out of the country," Dalmiya said.
On Condon's view that the present structure of the ICC was
inadequate to run international cricket and manage large sums
of money, Dalmiya said the ICC's executive board will meet at Lord's on June 18 and Condon's recommendations will be
discussed in detail.
Mail Cricket Editor