St John's (Antigua): The West Indies Cricket Board has appointed senior lawyer Elliott Mottley to conduct an independent match-fixing inquiry against star batsman Brian Lara, according to a West Indian news agency. The lawyer, according to the news agency, has been asked to inquire into the allegations made by Indian book maker Mukesh Gupta, alias MK, by the WICB. The Indian bookie in his widespread allegations including nearly 10 foreign players had said that he had paid $ 40,000 (Pounds 25,000) to Lara to under perform in two One-day Internationals. Lara, however, has consistently denied the allegations. Lara's name has been dragged by the bookie along with Alec Stewart, Mark Waugh, Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva among others. WICB president Pat Rousseau said that though new evidence has been found against Lara, the Board wanted the matter to be cleared. Lara, among the top contemporary batsmen in the world, holds the world record of 375 runs in Test cricket and 501 runs in a first class match. Lara made 375 against England at Antigua in West Indies. He scored 501 runs playing for Warwickshire against Durham in the English County Championship in the same year.
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