Thatscricket - News - Mark to know about fix fate next week
Published: Thursday, August 2, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Melbourne: Senior Australian Test batsman Mark Waugh is expected to know next week whether he has been cleared of wrongdoing over the Indian bookmaker scandal.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Australian Cricket Board (ACB) special investigator Greg Melick has completed his report into Waugh's alleged dealings with Indian bookie Mukesh Gupta.The ACB said on Thursday its directors would receive the report next week, and a decision on whether Waugh was in the clear was likely to be made then.Gupta alleged he paid Waugh $ 19,000 for information at a six-a-side tournament in Hong Kong in 1993. The bookmaker has implicated several leading players in match-fixing or accused them of receiving money for information.His evidence was crucial in ending the careers of former South African skipper Hansie Cronje and India's Mohammad Azharuddin. But other players named by Gupta England's Alec Stewart, former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe and Sri Lankans Aravinda de Silva and Arjuna Ranatunga have been cleared by inquiries in their own countries.Only Waugh and former West Indian skipper Brian Lara are still waiting for their names to be cleared. All the players named by Gupta have denied the charges.Gupta first made his allegations to Indian police, but after initially speaking to its investigators, he refused to give evidence before the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit, leading the English, New Zealand and Sri Lankan inquiries to clear their players.