New Delhi:West Indian cricketer Marlon Samuels could find himself banned from all forms of the game for two years for match fixing. According to reports emerging from the West Indies, Samuels is expected to be officially announced guilty of having passed on vital team information during the Nagpur ODI in January 2007 to bookies.
In room 206 of the pride hotel in Nagpur, Samuels is believed to have spoken to bookie Mukesh Kochchar and revealed information about the bowling order and pitch conditions over four conversations on the 19th and 20th of January. Although at that time, the Nagpur police had said that passing such information does not constitute match fixing.
The police had submitted the entire transcript of the conversation between Kochar and Samuels to the BCCI and the ICC. At the time, the BCCI had passed the buck saying it would not react, while the ICC's Anti Corruption and Security Unit had asked the West Indies cricket board to conduct an investigation
It was also revealed that Vasu Gangwani, the liaison officer for the Windies during that tour, had lent his mobile phone to Samuels. And calls worth 6,000 rupees were made in Nagpur alone. Samuels' only defence was that he had known Kochchar as a friend for several years.
Samuels was permitted to play since the matter was being investigated, taking part in the World Cup in 2007 to Sri Lanka's tour of the Windies earlier this year. He had been prevented from bowling in international cricket after he was found to have an illegal bent in his arm. And then an internal WICB committee found enough evidence to charge him with misconduct during the Windies tour to India, which means he could be stopped from playing the game altogether, all for just a few dollars more.