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Thatscricket - News - Cricket: Indian cops probe bookie network on current series

Published: Friday, November 2, 2001, 17:40 [IST]
 
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New Delhi: Indian police said on Wednesday they were investigating whether an international syndicate was illegally betting on the current India-South Africa Test series following a police swoop on bookies.[an error occurred while processing this directive]Police said they would also investigate whether any player from the two teams was involved in the gambling racket after three bookmakers in Delhi were arrested on Tuesday.The detectives said the arrests were made while the suspects were handling bets worth Rupees 5.4 million ($ 115,000) on behalf of domestic and overseas clients."The betting was heavily in the favor of India even as South Africa was clearly poised to win the first Test," a senior crime branch source told AFP. "This is absolutely puzzling." In Bloemfontein, South Africa sent India crashing to a nine-wicket rout on Tuesday on the fourth day of the first Test. The two remaining Tests between India and South Africa will be played this month in Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.The Indian detectives said they were probing if there were "wider implications" to Tuesday's bust. "We are currently questioning these three suspects to ascertain if a bigger and larger network of bookies are involved, and if any of the betting activity has links with any player," the source said.Personal computers, telephones and television sets were seized during the raid. The arrests followed a meeting last week between visiting International Cricket Council (ICC) officials and Delhi police.Delhi police in 2000 exposed cricket's biggest scandal by implicating then South African skipper Hansie Cronje in a match-fixing racket during South Africa's India's tour in March of 2000.Delhi police say they are still preparing a case to prosecute Cronje in a city court here with the help of seven audio tapes that allegedly contain the fallen South African player's secret conversations with bookies.

AFP
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