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Delhi Police wants to grill Dave Richardson on match-fixing

Press Trust Of India
Jan 10, 2008 at 09:26pm IST

New Delhi: Having questioned South African cricketers Herschelle Gibbs and Nicky Boje in connection with the 2000 match-fixing scandal, Delhi Police now wants to 'talk' to their teammate Dave Richardson to help in the investigations.

The version of Richardson, who is believed to have opposed match-fixing by some of his teammates, is required so that more light could be thrown on the most infamous scandal to rock the cricket history, police said.

"We have sent a Letter Rogatory to South African government requesting it to allow us to question a number of players including Richardson," Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Satyendra Garg said when asked about Delhi Police's moves to seek the version of the former South African wicketkeeper.

GIVING A BAD NAME: The match-fixing scandal broke in 2000 but there is still no end to the investigation.

Richardson is currently serving as General Manager (Operation) in the International Cricket Council.

He had testified before the King's Commission set up by the South African government to look into the match-fixing scandal, with roots going back to 1996.

He had reportedly told the Commission that an international player had made an offer to his teammate Pat Symcox during their tour to India in 1996 and that he had expressed opposition to it.

In this connection, a senior Delhi Police official said, investigators want to "talk" to Richardson in a bid to "dig deep" into the matter.

The Crime Branch had busted the scandal by intercepting purported telephone calls between then South African captain Hansie Cronje and bookies including Sanjeev Chawla during an India-South African series here in 2000.

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