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Samuels may still play in World Cup

The ICC media manager says ICC has not yet restricted Samuels from playing, reports Pradip K Maitra.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2007 22:28 IST

Despite theshadow of controversy plaguing the middle-order batsman, Marlon Samuels, still a possibility that he may get a chance to play in the World Cup.

The ICC Media manager, Brian Murgatroyed made it clear that the ICC has not restricted himfrom playing so far. "If the WI team includes him in the squad, he can play," he pointed out.

On whether the investigation would complete before the World Cup begins, the ICC media manager reiterated that no time frame has been fixed to complete the probe. On Marlon’s future, he said that the WI all-rounder remains in the team till his team wishes.

This is because the inquiry report is not likely to be completed before the WC.

On interrogation of Samuels by the ACS unit, he said that it was to be decided by the investigation team and he was not authorized to say so. The members of the ACS cell of the ICC, who were in Nagpur since Sunday evening to investigate into the WI player Samuels’ alleged involvement with the known bookie, Mukesh Kochar, felt that the Nagpur visit was extremely useful for them to probe further.

"We will try to come into the conclusion as early as possible," the ICC Media manager, Brian said before leaving for Mumbai, along with his two other officials, this evening. The regional manager of ACS unit, VS Virk, will, however, stay here for getting more details, he informed.

On arrival of WI players’ kits at Nagpur after the team won the toss on January 21, he said that the investigation team was aware with the fact. "Whether the team members have interacted with the courier services people are part of investigation," he said and refused to elaborate.

According to reports, the ICC team visited the VCA ground and met the staff at the Hotel Pride where Samuels and the WI ream stayed during the ODI at Nagpur.

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First Published: Feb 13, 2007 22:28 IST