ICC team heads for Nagpur
THE GURGAON bungalow of alleged bookie Mukesh Kochar (55) was raided by the police late on Friday evening. Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Friday that it would send a team to Nagpur by Monday to probe alleged links between West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels and Kochar.
The Delhi Police feels that the conversations between Samuels and Kochar have nothing to suggest that a match was being fixed. Seven years ago, Delhi Police was the first to blow the lid off the match-fixing scandal. Delhi police commissioner K.K. Paul, who headed that probe, said: “Going by what has appeared in the media, ingredients of match-fixing are missing.”
Paul added: “In this case, no payments have been made nor promised. There is no commitment that in lieu of this consideration, this particular thing would be done. These are the two main ingredients of match-fixing.”
ICC sources also told HT that the information they had at this point of time was too thin to penalise Samuels. The sources said the ICC would have to first establish that Kochar is a bookie. The ICC team will largely consist of ICC Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) officials.
“We have received a communication that an ICC team will go to Nagpur,” an Indian cricket board (BCCI) source said on Friday. “We are ready to cooperate in the investigation.” ACU officials are also likely to talk to staff at Nagpur’s Hotel Pride, where the teams stayed for the January 21 game.
The team will submit its report to the ICC, who, the Indian cricket board said, will forward the report to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). “The WICB will have to take action if the player is found guilty,” the BCCI said.
The enforcement Directorate (ED) has also been roped into the latest cricket controversy with the Nagpur police writing to them on the scandal.