Thatscricket - News - Talk or you are out, ACB tells Mark Waugh
Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Melbourne: Batsman Mark Waugh will be dropped from the Australian cricket team if he maintains his refusal to be interviewed by anti-corruption investigators, the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) said on Wednesday. ACB chief executive Malcolm Speed announced the board of directors had discussed Waugh's refusal to be interviewed by investigators probing the betting and match-fixing scandal that has rocked the game during a telephone hook up."I have written to Mark on behalf of the directors, asking him to reconsider his position," Speed told reporters. "The board implores Mark Waugh to change his view and submit to the interview process."Speed added Waugh had until Thursday's deadline (05 00 hrs GMT) to give a written undertaking to the ACB that he would submit to the interview, scheduled for early next month in Australia. Waugh, the embattled Australian batting star, was named by Indian bookmaker Mukesh Gupta as the recipient of $ 20,000 in return for team and weather information in 1993.Waugh refused earlier this week to be interviewed by Australian Cricket Board investigator Greg Melick and his International Cricket Council colleagues. The only public forum in which Waugh has addressed the latest allegations was in an impromptu media conference on Queensland's Sunshine Coast last year.He said then he had already participated in the two inquiries conducted in Australia and Pakistan. In 1998, it was revealed that Waugh and Test teammate Shane Warne admitted taking money from a bookmaker called "John" in return for pitch and weather information four years earlier. Mark, did not turn out for a team training session late on Wednesday, remaining instead inside the players' hotel.