New Delhi, February 12:

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday launched an investigation into Indian police claims that West Indian cricketer Marlon Samuels had links with an illegal bookmaker.

Nagpur Police said last week they had taped conversations in which Samuels had passed on team information to a man suspected of being a bookie during last month’s one-day series.

ICC spokesman Brian Murgatroyd said the governing body’s anti-corruption unit was speaking to the police and cricket officials after being given the details by the Indian cricket board. Murgatroyd stressed that no timeframe had been fixed by the ICC to complete the probe.

Nagpur police officer Amitesh Kumar told reporters that Samuels had five conversations with the suspected bookmaker, identified in the calls as Mukesh Kochar, ahead of the January 21 match.

Kumar said that he had only brought it to the notice of cricket authorities because it was a violation of the ICC’s code of conduct, which bars players from dealing with bookmakers.