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Sep 08, 2006 at 07:08pm IST

Delhi Police likely to grill Gibbs

New Delhi: South African cricketer Herchelle Gibbs is likely to be interrogated by Delhi Police when he lands in India for the Champions Trophy next month.

Gibbs is alleged to be involved in the match fixing scandal that broke out in the 2000 and he along with teammate Nicky Boje figured in the probe by Delhi Police.

Former Proteas skipper Hansie Cronje was found to be involved in the scandal and he confessed to his crime.

However, Delhi Police Crime Branch officials have not officially confirmed if Gibbs will be questioned, saying a decision will be taken at the appropriate time.

"We will take a decision at the appropriate time," a senior Crime Branch official of the Delhi Police said.

Representative of South African player's association Tony Irish speaking from Johanesburg said: "I think there is a little bit of concern. We understand that there is a process and that should be respected. The investigation could be disruptive for Gibbs. It all depends on how the police handle the matter,"

On Thursday the United Cricket Board of South Africa announced the squad for the Champions Trophy and named Gibbs in it. But Boje was not included in the team.

Both Gibbs and Boje had earlier refused to visit India fearing arrest in 2004 and 2005.