Windies cricketer accused of links to bookie

Chief Regulatory Officer at CSE Renuke Wijayawardhane presenting the listing certificate to Executive Chairperson at Renuka Hotels Shibani Thambiayah

Cricket: Windies cricketer accused of links to bookie

NEW DELHI, Feb 8, 2007 (AFP) – Cricket was gripped by a new match-fixing scandal Thursday after Indian police accused West Indian all-rounder Marlon Samuels of dealing with a bookmaker during a recent one-day series in India. India begin a four-match series against Sri Lanka in Kolkata later on Thursday, their last engagement before the World Cup. Samuels released important team information to the bookmaker during the first-one day international in Nagpur, a senior police officer claimed, citing tapped telephone conversations between the pair.

Amitesh Kumar, deputy police commissioner of Nagpur, said Samuels had five conversations with the bookmaker identified in the calls as Mukesh Kochar although there was no evidence money had changed hands.

India won the match against the West Indies on January 21 by 14 runs.

“We have recorded information that Samuels leaked important team information to Kochar from his hotel room in five telephone calls on January 20 and 21,” Kumar told reporters late on Wednesday.

“Kochar is a known associate of underworld figure Dawood Ibrahim.

“The Nagpur police has informed both the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) of th