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Match-fixing case may be closed

Feb 10, 2007 08:23 PM IST India India

Mumbai: The Marlon Samuels' saga seems to be coming to an end. The Maharashtra government is likely to close the alleged match-fixing case against the West Indian all-rounder saying it has found no evidence.

This development comes less than a week after the Nagpur Police stunned the cricketing world with taped disclosures of Marlon Samuels and a suspected bookie Mukesh Kochchar.

Samuels had apparently giving out crucial details about the West Indies team to the bookie before the Nagpur ODI on Jauary 21 on the telephone from his room (Room No 206) in Hotel Pride.

The most striking revelation was that Samuels would bowl first change in the Nagpur ODI.

A part of the transcript:

Kochchar: When do you get onto bowl?
206: Unclear
Kochchar: Which over would you be bowling?
206: One down.
Kochchar: Who all will be bowling tomorrow?
206: Yes i will be bowling?
Kochchar: Bradshaw and Taylor will open. Will you be third?
206: Taylor will be fourth bowler.
It was also revealed that Samuels stayed back in Mumbai for two days after the series finished on January 31 which was also discussed..
Kochchar: Are you going back to Bombay (Mumbai)?
206: Most probably maybe.
Kochchar: I'll come there and join you.
206: I will stay there for a couple of days.
The West Indies team strategy was also discussed.
Kochchar: What do you think, who will bat?
206: Well
Kochchar: Who, who?
206: Dwayne he making a debut tomorrow.
Kochchar: New batsman or bowler.
206: No, he is an all-rounder.
Kochchar: He's good.
206: Eer.. yes, he's making his debut.