Thatscricket - News - Mark to delay interview with ACB investigator Pak
Published: Monday, February 5, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2000
Sydney: Lawyers for Test batsman Mark Waugh were meeting with the Australian Cricket Board on Monday to settle a date for his interview by ACB anti-corruption investigator Greg Melick.Waugh, 35, and his legal advisers ruled out the ACB's request for a Tuesday interview because it would clash with his preparations for Australia's opening tri-series finals match against the West Indies at the SCG the following day.Waugh's manager Leo Karis said a decision would be made in the next 24 hours and that his client was "comfortable" about the proceedings.Melick is to interview Waugh about allegations contained in an Indian police report that he accepted money from illegal Indian bookmaker M K Gupta in return for team, pitch and weather information.In 1998, it was revealed that Waugh accepted $ 4,000 along with teammate Shane Warne from an Indian bookmaker in return for pitch and weather information four years earlier.Both players were fined by the ACB in 1995, although the disciplinary action taken by the Board was kept secret.Waugh was later named by the same Indian bookmaker as the recipient of $ 20,000, for team and weather information in 1993. Gupta made the allegation when interviewed by officers from India's Central Bureau of Investigation. Waugh was expected to be named on Wednesday in Australia's touring side to play a three-Test series in India starting in Mumbai on February 27.