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    February 07, 2007

    Marlon Samuels could soon be forlorn

    Breaking news on several news channels a short while ago said that the first one-dayer between India and West Indies at Nagpur was under investigation by the ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit.

    Marlon Samuels was specifically identified by Nagpur's Deputy Commissioner of Police as having leaked match related information (pitch conditions, team information and batting order) to a bookie named Mukesh Kochchar. There is as yet no mention if any money exchanged hands or indeed if Marlon Samuels was also paid to under-perform.

    Section C of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players & Officials explicitly deals with interacting with bookmakers, betting, etc. Even if Samuels didn't accept any money/gift etc., he could be charged with having dealt with bookmakers under Clause 4 (xi) of the code. That is, if he hadn't brought his interaction to the notice of his captain, manager, senior board official or ACU official. He could be fined and banned for anything between 1 and 5 years if he is found guilty. In fact, if he did bring it to the notice of the above folks, they would be charged and get a similar ban & penalty if found guilty, but would Samuels get away with it?

    It is perhaps worth noting that I'd nominated him for the 'Man of the match' award for his invaluable knock of 40 in 60 balls when West Indies needed 7 an over to win. Coincidence? Hmmm ...

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    wow - thats a crazy story - with all this scrutiny over the past few years on this issue, its surprising that someone would take the risk...

    By Blogger omar (08-Feb-2007, 6:08:00 PM)  

    Yes. It makes no sense. He's definitely shooting himself in the foot by saying "I don't think he's a bookie". All it'd take is for the police/ICC ACU to pull out some dossier on that chap and prove he is a bookie and that blows away your case!

    By Blogger Jagadish (08-Feb-2007, 6:27:00 PM)  

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