NEW DELHI (AFP)
A little-known Bollywood actress who was linked to cricket
match-fixing allegations by Britain's Sunday Times has said she
was quizzed for two-and-a-half hours by the sport's governing
Nupur Mehta, who has denied any wrongdoing, told Tuesday's Times
of India that she met with Alan Peacock, an official from the
International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit
(ACSU), at a Mumbai hotel.
The Sunday Times in March said Indian bookmakers had hired an
unidentified Bollywood actress to lure cricketers into both
match-fixing and spot-fixing, and used Mehta's photograph to
illustrate the story.
Mehta told the Times of India she had been "given a clean chit by
the ICC" after meeting with Peacock on Monday.
"They are satisfied with the answers I have provided," Mehta told
the newspaper. "I have many friends who are cricketers and with
whom I socialise... I also know a lot of international
The ICC declined to confirm the meeting, saying that it does not
comment on the activities of its anti-corruption unit.
Mehta, who has only won small roles in Hindi films, has denied
any links to bookmakers and has threatened to sue the Sunday
Times over its report.
India is seen as the international centre of illegal gambling on
cricket, with huge sums waged on results and on specific periods
Five Indian cricketers were suspended during the recent Indian
Premier League (IPL) season after a TV sting claimed to unearth
evidence that no-balls could be arranged to order.
The report targeted fringe players and provided no proof of
corruption within IPL games, but it re-focused fears about the
impact of illegal gambling on the sport.