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Published: Tuesday, February 13, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday quashed speculation that batsman Mark Waugh will be questioned during Australia's upcoming tour over his alleged involvement with bookmakers."There is no move to speak to Waugh," a CBI spokesman said. "We were looking only at the Indian players in our investigation. "The case of foreign players was handed to the International Cricket Council's Anti-corruption unit."The CBI report released last year quotes Indian bookmaker Mukesh Gupta as saying he paid money to Waugh in exchange for privileged information on teams and wickets.Mark told ICC investigators last weekend he had never met Gupta, but Australians were apprehensive the player may be hauled up before the CBI once he stepped on Indian soil on Wednesday.Waugh departed with the Australian team on Tuesday aware of a report that foreign affairs officials are on alert to help if Indian police seek to interview him in connection with Gupta's allegations.Australian captain Steve Waugh said 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 Cricket Board 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 said.Mark again refuted Gupta's allegations that he took money in return for team, pitch and weather information when ACB anti-corruption investigator Greg Melick interviewed him on last Saturday.Copyright AFP 2000

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