Mark Waugh denies links with Shobhan Mehta

Published: Monday, June 13, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Melbourne:Former Australian international Mark Waugh has denied having any links with Indian cricket bookie Shobhan Mehta who was arrested recently.

It is worth recalling that the Indian bookie had confessed while being interrogated by Ahmedabad police that he had links with Indian cricketers Mohammad Azharuddin, Nayan Mongia and foreign players like Australian Mark Waugh and South African Hansie Cronje.

The spotlight turned on Waugh, who was fined A$10,000 in 1995 for giving pitch and weather information after the Sydney Morning Herald reported Ahmedabad's police commissioner DJ Vanjara's statement which was based on Mehta's interrogation last Friday.

"Mehta used to place bets on matches after getting tips," Vanjara was quoted as saying in the daily.

"Mehta also revealed during interrogation that such tips were passed on to bookies by Indian players like Azharuddin, Mongia and Jadeja," he said adding that similar tips were also given to bookies by foreign players like Australian Mark Waugh and former South African captain late Hansie Cronje.

Strongly refuting Vanjara's claims, Waugh's agent, Leo Karis, said his client was not concerned by the allegations and the bookmaker could have been the same one he supplied information, who was known only as "John".

"Mark denies ever knowing this guy, or speaking with him or dealing with him," Karis told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"I've no idea whether this guy (Mehta) could be John. That's not for us to determine. The thing is, Mark went through two investigations and it was found he had no case to answer."

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