Kapil Dev past cut chapter and verse by state

The Indian state of Gujarat has dropped a chapter on the former captain Kapil Dev from a school textbook following allegations of his involvement in a match-fixing scandal. The western state's education department deleted the lesson called "World of Kapil Dev" from an English language book after students questioned the chapter that featured Dev as a national hero.

The Indian state of Gujarat has dropped a chapter on the former captain Kapil Dev from a school textbook following allegations of his involvement in a match-fixing scandal. The western state's education department deleted the lesson called "World of Kapil Dev" from an English language book after students questioned the chapter that featured Dev as a national hero.

Kapil Dev, who led India to World Cup victory in 1993 and is now the country's coach, has denied allegations by the former Test cricketer Manoj Prabhakar that he offered money to his colleagues to play below par. "The lesson talked about his achievements and what he did for his country but what is now coming out is different. We cannot say which one is true but we have decided to drop the chapter," the education minister, Anandiben Patel, said.

Patel said students would not be asked any question on the lesson that featured Dev as a role model for youngsters.

Pakistan's cricketers have also been dogged by allegations of corruption, and officials will monitor their veracity by assigning an undercover agent to spy on them during home and away tours, starting with next month's triangular series in Singapore against New Zealand and South Africa.

The watchdog's identity will be known only to Tauqir Zia, the chairman of the Pakistan board. "A person would be appointed who would work undercover and report only to me. His identity would be known only to me and he would be answerable to me," Zia said.

The use of a "spy" was suggested in the judicial report which, while finding no evidence of betting or match-fixing by the team, said "doubts of varying intensity have been cast on the integrity of some members of the team in their individual capacity".

Elsewhere, the Australian Test batsman Mark Waugh said he was prepared to have his financial records scrutinised to prove he told the truth about his dealings with an Indian bookmaker. Waugh dismissed as of "no importance" comments by the former Pakistan captain Imran Khan questioning Waugh and Shane Warne's involvement with the bookmaker.

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