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Wednesday, 24 January, 2001, 07:00 GMT
Waugh given ultimatum
Mark Waugh has been told to re-think his decision
Mark Waugh has been told to re-think his decision
The Australian Cricket Board has warned Mark Waugh that he will be dropped from the national side unless he agrees to be interviewed by anti-corruption investigators.

The batsman has been given a Thursday deadline to provide a written undertaking that he will attend the interview, which was scheduled to take place in Sydney early next month.

Chief executive Malcolm Speed said the ACB was keen that the issue be cleared up as soon as possible.


The board implores Mark Waugh to change his view and submit to the interview process
  ACB chief executive Malcolm Speed
Two days ago, Waugh announced that he would not meet ACB special investigator Greg Melick and the International Cricket Council anti-corruption unit.

They want to speak to him following allegations made in an Indian police report on corruption in cricket, which was published last October.

Waugh was named in that report and alleged to have received US$20,000 from an Indian bookmaker in return for team information.

"I have written to Mark on behalf of the directors, asking him to reconsider his position," Speed said.

"The board implores Mark Waugh to change his view and submit to the interview process."

'Tough situation'

Speed said the board's primary responsibility was to preserve the integrity of the game.

Brother Steve says he has yet to speak to Mark
Brother Steve says he has yet to speak to Mark
Waugh's twin brother Steve, the Australian captain, said he had not spoken to his brother, but added that he had left a message on Mark's phone.

"We haven't had a chance to talk. At some stage we will, but he probably feels like keeping to himself at this stage."

Waugh said it was up to Mark to make a decision on whether to speak to the investigators.

"No one else knows what's going on behind the scenes or what's occurring," he went on.

"People have all got opinions about it but I think I'll keep mine to myself.

"It's a tough situation at the moment and Mark's obviously being guided by his lawyers and hoping he's going in the right direction."

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