Investigate all IPL matches: Sharad Pawar

NEW DELHI: Former BCCI president Sharad Pawar concurred with his successor Shashank Manohar and demanded an inquiry by the home ministry into all the 75 matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) that has been hit by the spot-fixing scandal.

Pawar, also a former International Cricket Council (ICC) president, said if he had been in power at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) the scam wouldn’t have taken place.

“If the BCCI gives in writing to the Home Minister and requests to investigate all the matches, the government can then investigate all the matches. They can interrogate anybody. They have legal sanction,” Pawar said.

“If, however, the board does not accept it and says its own anti-corruption will do the job, I feel the board is not serious in dealing with the wrongdoings,” he added.

Manohar also had asked for a through investigation in the recently concluded IPL.

The spot fixing scandal was revealed after the arrest of three Rajasthan Royals cricketers May 16 by Delhi Police. It also led to the arrest of Chennai Super Kings chief executive Gurunath Meiyappan, who is also the son-in-law of the BCCI president N. Srinivasan.