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Thatscricket - News - Gupta fails to testify, ICC to drop 'fix' probe

Published: Monday, July 2, 2001, 19:23 [IST]
 
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London: Investigations into corruption allegations against several top cricketers are set to be dropped after an Indian bookmaker failed to give further evidence of the claims, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday.Indian bookie Mukesh Gupta alleged to investigators in New Delhi that he paid thousands of Dollars in cash to several cricketers, including England star Alec Stewart. But after a request from the ICC's Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) for Gupta to testify formally over his allegations the bookmaker failed to respond, the ICC said in a statement released on Monday.A July 1 deadline for Gupta to co-operate with the ACU passed at 00:00 GMT on Monday, and his allegations will now not be investigated further, the ICC said.The ICC said its ACU chief Paul Condon had stressed natural justice demanded that lawyers acting for cricketers linked to Gupta should be allowed to cross-examine the Indian bookie. "To bring clarity to the situation Gupta was given to July 1 to make up his mind," the ICC statement said."He has not responded and it is assumed that he will not allow his allegations to be tested," the statement added.The ICC said discussions had taken place earlier on Monday with Gupta's lawyers in New Delhi, along with the joint-director of the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).A report by the CBI quotes Gupta as saying he paid 5,000 Pounds to Stewart during England's tour in 1993 to provide information about the wicket and team composition.Gupta told the CBI he was introduced to Stewart by former Indian Test cricketer Manoj Prabhakar, but added the Englishman refused to fix any matches for him. Stewart has repeatedly denied meeting Gupta or accepting money from any other bookmaker.Among other international cricketers linked with Gupta in the CBI report are Brian Lara of the West Indies, Aravinda De Silva and Arjuna Ranatunga of Sri Lanka, Salim Malik of Pakistan and Australia's Dean Jones and Mark Waugh.Condon said the ACU would advise Boards in England, Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and West Indies of Gupta's no-show. "The CBI report and Gupta's allegations are only one strand of the work of the ACU," Condon said in the statement. "We have advised the Inquiry teams around the world of the position Gupta has taken. They will no doubt take this into account when they submit reports to their cricket Boards in due course."

AFP
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