It has been learnt that the Mudgal committee headed by Retired Justice Mukul Mudgal, who was appointed by the Supreme Court in all likelihood will leave for England in the next few days to investigate and talk to few members of the Indian ODI team regarding betting and spot-fixing scandal that took place during the sixth edition of IPL.
According to the Press Trust of India, Mr. Mudgal along with BB Misra, Deputy DG of Narcotics Control Bureau and chief investigating officer of the panel will leave for England for Investigation process. The PTI also added that they are likely to stay there for four days and are looking to have a couple of effective sessions with some Indian cricketers on anonymity grounds.
But a press release from BCCI dated 20.8.2014 rubbishes all media reports and revealed that the committee and its members have no intention of travelling to England for investigating the players. The Committee is fully aware of the fact that any interaction with the players during a series may disturb their poise and concentration.The committee is yet to interact with ICC President N. Srinivasan and his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan regarding the Spot-Fixing saga.
The committee is all set to submit an interim report to the Supreme Court on August 27 and will appeal for an extension for the submission of the final report. Cricketers including S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandela and Ankeet Chavan have been banned from cricket for their involvement in IPL Spot-Fixing that shocked the cricket fraternity during the sixth edition of IPL.
Earlier this year, former India captain Sourav Ganguly has been added to the Mudgal committee and is expected to be a vital member of the panel. India play Middlesex in a practise match on 22 August and begin their defence in the ODI Series on 25th August.