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ICC team begins probe in Samuels case

india Updated: Feb 12, 2007 14:25 IST
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday began probe into the conversations between West Indian all-rounder Marlon Samuels and alleged bookie Mukesh Kochar.

The ICC team was led by its anti-corruption unit regional security manager N S Virk.

"The team, which arrived here last night was holding discussions with Nagpur Police to extract more details and all possible angles but will confine itself to interest of cricket," ICC media manager Brian Murgatroyd said here on Monday.

"All team members are experienced investigators having worked with the Scotland Yard for 30 years previously and will leave no stone unturned in investigation," he told reporters.

Murgatroyd said the team would restrict its role to cricket and will not speculate on investigating the role of Kochar and his alleged links with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

It will be too early to say anything on financial dealings, he said without, however, ruling it out completely.

"No time-frame has been fixed by the ICC to complete the probe," he replied to a question.

Appreciating the role of Nagpur Police, Brian said, "We should all be vigilant in the top most interest of the game."

He said the team would also explore what actually was a violation of ICC code of conduct for players and officials.

Apart from Virk and Murgatroyd, the two other members of the ICC team include Jeffraes and Allan Peacock, both investigators.

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