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Former West Indies cricketer Samuels charged with corruption
ISLAMABAD, Sept. 22, (AP): Pakistan has accused an unnamed individual in India of sending threatening emails that caused New Zealand to abandon its cricket tour in the country. New Zealand scrapped its tour to Pakistan moments before the start of the first one-day international in Rawalpindi last Friday, citing a specific threat to its cricket team. New Zealand did not share the details of the threat with Pakistan. “The email was sent from an associated device in India using VPN, showing IP address location of Singapore,” Pakistan information minister Fawad Chaudhry said Wednesday.
The England and Wales Cricket Board followed New Zealand on Monday by canceling both its men’s and women’s cricket tours to Pakistan next month. Chaudhry claimed that New Zealand received threatening emails before it arrived in Pakistan on Sept. 11, including an email sent to the wife of Martin Guptill in which the opening batsman received a death threat. The information minister said Pakistan’s initial investigations revealed that the device from which an email to Guptill’s wife was sent was also registered in India. Chaudhry said Pakistan will seek help from the INTERPOL to probe the matter.
“We believe this is a campaign against international cricket,” Chaudhry said. Meanwhile, former West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels was charged Wednesday with breaching four counts of the ICC’s anticorruption code while playing in a limitedovers competition in the United Arab Emirates. The charges against Samuels, who hasn’t played for West Indies since 2018, relate to the T10 League in Abu Dhabi, the International Cricket Council said, without giving any dates. Samuels is said to have failed to disclose “the receipt of any gift, payment, hospitality or other benefit” that could bring him into disrepute as well as the receipt of hospitality worth $750 or more. The ICC also said Samuels failed to cooperate with an anti-corruption official and concealed information that may have been relevant to the investigation. Samuels has 14 days to respond to the charge.