Thatscricket - News - Mark Waugh to meet ICC investigators on Feb 10
Published: Tuesday, February 6, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
Copyright AFP 2000
Mark to delay interview with ACB investigator
Sydney: Australian Test player Mark Waugh will be questioned by the International Cricket Council on Saturday over an Indian bookmaker's allegations that he was paid $ 20,000.The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) said on Tuesday its special investigator Greg Melick and representatives of the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption unit would interview the player in Melbourne on Saturday (February 10).The questioning over the allegations made by bookie M K Gupta contained in an Indian police report will come the day after the second match in the best-of-three tri series finals between Australia and the West Indies at the MCG.The interview was agreed with Waugh's legal representatives after they rejected the ACB's request for a meeting in Sydney on Tuesday, saying it would interfere with his preparation for the opening finals match at the SCG on Wednesday.In the Indian police report, Gupta, who sometimes uses the alias "John", alleged he paid Waugh $ 20,000 for weather, pitch and team information sometime around 1992-93.Waugh, 35, has admitted he was paid $ 4,000 by a bookie known to him as "John" in Sri Lanka in 1994 for pitch and weather information.Waugh, along with teammate Shane Warne, was fined by the ACB in 1995 for that indiscretion, although the disciplinary action taken by the Board was kept secret until 1998.Waugh was expected to be named Wednesday in Australia's touring side to play a three-Test series in India starting in Mumbai on February 27.The head of the ICC anti-Corruption unit, Sir Paul Condon, is due to brief the ICC executive board on Saturday on investigations stemming from allegations made about a number of international cricketers in the Indian police report which was made public late last year.At least eight of cricket's 10 Test captains will meet in Melbourne on February 12 to discuss the future of the sport amid concern about corruption and match-fixing.