Thatscricket - News - Mark Waugh under fire over inquiry refusal

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2001, 21:30 [IST]
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Sydney: With leading Australian Test batsman Mark Waugh's refusal to depose before International Cricket Council's (ICC's) Anti-Corruption Unit, the demand for his immediate dismissal from the Australian national team is catching momentum.Australian Cricket Board (ACB) is being urged to investigate allegations against Mark Waugh and to let him represent his country and state teams only when his name is cleared.ACB also came under criticism from Australian media and cricket followers for refusing to take strict action against the player in spite of his admitting accepting money from illegal Indian bookmakers in 1995.Waugh refused to be interviewed by ICC and Australian board investigators over allegations that he pocketed around Australian $ 36,000 from Mukesh Kumar Gupta, an illegal Delhi-based Indian bookmaker, in Hong Kong in 1993. His refusal is being taken as another disservice to cricket's credibility in Australia and overseas by the prolific batsman. A media commentator has gone to the extent of calling Waugh's refusal "...one of the most cowardly acts ever perpetrated in 124 years of international competition".It seems highly unlikely, that Waugh would co-operate with the ICC and ACB.Waugh is believed to have stated in his 1995 'confessional' that he was contacted by illegal bookmakers only a few times. In September 1998, he made a statement to Lahore High Court's match-fixing inquiry, where he did not make any mention about his dealings with the illegal bookmakers. Another subsequent inquiry by Pakistan was constituted for Australians in Melbourne soon after their Lahore appearances, where Waugh is said have stated he may have been contacted over a dozen times in four countries over a period of six months.India Abroad News Service

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