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Thatscricket - News - Mark a little apprehensive, says Steve

Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2001, 2:45 [IST]
 
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Melbourne: Senior Australian batsman Mark Waugh leaves here on Tuesday unsure of what awaits him from Indian cricket officials, fans, and possibly even the local police.Waugh departs with the Australian team aware of a report that Foreign Affairs officials are on alert to help if Indian police seek to interview him in connection with allegations that he had accepted money from local bookmaker Mukesh Gupta.Waugh's manager Leo Karis confirmed on Monday the Australian Cricket Board had kept his client informed on whether he could face any inquiries about the allegations contained in an Indian police report.Australian captain Steve Waugh said on Monday that his brother Mark would be "a little apprehensive", but he expected him to be well informed on what he could face before the tour."He would have spoken to his lawyers and the ACB and I'm sure they'll sort something out before he goes, so he knows exactly what's going to happen and what will confront him over there to put his mind at ease," Steve Waugh said.ACB chief executive Malcolm Speed said that the Department of Foreign Affairs believed it was unlikely that the Indian police would seek Waugh for an interview, but the department was available to help if needed. Waugh again refused Gupta's allegations that he took money in return for team, pitch and weather information when ACB anti-corruption investigator Greg Melick here interviewed him at the weekend.Waugh has enjoyed a golden summer in the home Test and One-day series, despite unrelenting pressure over Gupta's allegations, but he may get a more hostile reception from cricket-mad Indian crowds who have already turned on their own players caught up in cricket's match-fixing scandals.Aside from the issues with Mark, Steve Waugh said there was no particular concern about security on the Indian tour beyond those in previous trips to the country."Every tour we go on now we generally have security people with us so that'll probably be the same in this tour," Steve Waugh said on Monday."Indian authorities I'm sure are going to look after us as well, but you can't guarantee everything. I'm sure they'll do the best they can and I hope there aren't any incidents on tour," Waugh said.Waugh and captains of all Test-playing nations except England and India met here on Monday for one of their regular discussions associated with the ICC meeting.Nations big and small gave tentative approval to the ICC proposed 10-year calendar and the creation of an ongoing ranking of Test nations with a trophy for the top team.The calendar stipulated all 10 Test nations play each other on home and away basis over five years, ensuring a crowded calendar. "The key is that when we get a break at least we can have a couple of weeks at a time not just a few days," Steve Waugh said."It's important each country has a cricketers' association so they can get their point of view across to their Cricket Boards.""The ten-year plan is great, a world championship for Test cricket, that's what cricketers are looking for and it's something to aspire to, to be the best nation," added Steve.Zimbabwe captain Heath Streak said, "The team will be far busier but richer as a result.""It's a lot of cricket, so they're going to have to see how they can fit it all in but it's good that Zimbabwe will be able to play in it - they'll get a lot of income in from that," Streak said.Copyright AFP 2000

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