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May 16, 2012 at 04:32pm IST

Remove the roots of match-fixing: Maken

New Delhi: Reacting to the sting operation carried out by India TV showing five IPL players agreeing to spot-fix and take black money, Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Wednesday advised the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to go to the root of the whole problem, adding that mere suspension of the involved players is not enough.

“BCCI should go to the root of the cause… Suspending of five players will not solve the problem,” Maken said to the reporters.

The IPL governing council on Tuesday suspended five players (TP Sudhindra, Mohnish Mishra, Shalabh Shrivastava, Amit Yadav and Abhinav Bali) who were shown in a sting operation conducted by the channel alleging corruption in the T20 league.

Remove the roots of match-fixing, urges Maken

The Sports Minister advised the BCCI to go to the root of the whole problem.

Maken also reiterated that the BCCI and other sports federations should come under the purview of Right to Information Act (RTI). “The time has come that BCCI & other sports federations should come under the RTI,” he said.

"They should not submit their accounts to us but they should open their accounts to RTIs. This will bring much-needed credibility to BCCI," Maken said.

Maken also came out with a suggestion that BCCI should keep an arm's distance from the IPL, citing the examples of English Premier League where the clubs run the tournament instead of the national football body.

"IPL should be at a arm's distance from BCCI. It should not be under BCCI. IPL and BCCI should be away from each other so that there is no overlapping of interests," he said.

"If you look at English Premier League and other leagues world over, they always have distance from their parent sports federations," he added.

He also said that politicians should keep away from running sports bodies. "Politicians should keep themselves away from running sports federations. Leave the administration of sports to qualified people who can run the sport," he said.

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