||A Bollywood actress has emphatically denied allegations by a Sunday Times report that she was involved in fixing the results of English County Championship matches and international games, including the 2011 World Cup Semi Final.
Nupur Mehta, a Bollywood actress who has appeared in two films, said a
picture used for the story, of a skimpily-clad woman with her faced
blurred, was of her.
"All I can say is that the journalist from the Sunday Times must be completely in love with me to make me famous in India and New Zealand, and even in London itself," Mehta told Reuters on Tuesday.
Mehta, who said she had modelled in Paris and Milan before moving to Bollywood, said she was consulting a lawyer and would send a legal notice to the newspaper in the next day or two.
"I have no linkage with these kind of people," she said.
The British newspaper said on Sunday that Indian bookmakers, with the help of a Bollywood actress, had been fixing the results of English County Championship matches and international games.
It 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.
The article was also vehemently denied by the International Cricket Council.
"The story carried by the newspaper, in which it has claimed that the
ICC is investigating the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 semi-final between
India and Pakistan, is baseless and misleading," ICC Chief Executive
Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.
"The ICC has no reason or evidence to require an investigation into this match.
"It is indeed sad for spurious claims to be made which only serve to
caste doubt on the semi-final of one of the most successful ICC Cricket
World Cups ever," Lorgat said.