The Justice Mukul Mudgal committee, who ha been tasked with probing corruption in IPL, is finding it tough to get in a reputed former cricketer of to help in investigation of alleged fixing in IPL last year. It was report by Sportzwiki, earlier, that the Mudgal was asking for a former captain who has played in recent years to join the investigation with former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly‘s name strongly doing rounds. The Committee also made a short-list of few names but most of them are linked to the cricket board in some way or the other.
According to a report in HT, Mudgal, however, revealed: “We have not finalised a name yet as we don’t require him at this stage of the investigation. But we will certainly let you know.”
HT further reports that, one of the committee members revealed Sourav Ganguly was their first choice but the former India captain has some contractual obligations, hence it is not easy to get him on panel. Some other former players were also discussed but most of them are related with BCCI or state cricket associations in some capacity.
Ganguly, who captained India in 49 Tests, however, refused to comment on being considered for the job, as per a report in HT.
“I have no idea about this. I am hearing it from you. No one has contacted me so far. I can’t say anything about it,” Ganguly stated unambiguously. Ganguly has also played in its initial years so he was a perfect fit for committee’s requirement.
As per the Supreme Court directives last month, the Mudgal Committee was asked to probe the contents of the sealed envelope which contains the names of as many as whopping 13 players and officials suspected to be involved in the fixing scandal. The list also includes the name of BCCI president N. Srinivasan whi had to stepped down from his duties following Supreme Court order.
Mudgal, it was reported, was in Chennai last week to meet Tamil Nadu Police to recruit an officer of the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) to join the investigating team. Delhi Police, on the other hand, has already found an ACP-ranked officer from its Special Cell. Mudgal is scheduled to meet the Mumbai Police for smae purpose.