Bollywood actress Nupur Mehta denies links with bookies

Zeenews Sports Bureau

New Delhi: Bollywood actress Nupur Mehta, whose picture was published by media for her alleged role in the match-fixing scandal on Sunday, denied any links with the bookmakers.

The image with a blurred face was published in UK’s Sunday Times with a report claiming match-fixing is rampant in the international cricket and the UK’s domestic county as well.

In an exclusive interview to ZEE NEWS, Nupur said, “I got a phone call from abroad. But I took it as a joke initially, but now it has become a serious matter. I am shocked. The allegations against me are baseless and there is no truth in it. Even though I am a big fan of cricket but I have no relation with cricket.”

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is investigating allegations that Indian bookmakers, with the help of the Bollywood actress, have been fixing the results of English County Championship matches and international games, the Sunday Times had reported.

The London newspaper, in a front-page article headed: "English cricket in bung scandal" said it had evidence that tens of thousands of pounds was being offered to players to throw part or all of international matches, including last year`s World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan.