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Odumbe's disrepute hearing ends

July 31, 2004 11:18 IST

An International Cricket Council (ICC) hearing into allegations that former Kenya captain Maurice Odumbe "received money, benefit or other reward which could bring him or the game into disrepute" ended in Nairobi on Friday.

The 35-year-old Odumbe was alleged to have had inappropriate contact with a known bookmaker but his Kenyan lawyer Ishan Kapila said on Friday that Odumbe was not guilty of any irregularity or bringing the game into disrepute.

Kamau Karori, acting for ICC and Kenya Cricket Association (KCA), also made his final submissions in which he said there was sufficient evidence that Odumbe was guilty of the charges.

Odumbe would face a minimum of two years or a maximum life ban from playing cricket or a fine of an unlimited amount if found guilty of having brought the game into disrepute

The four-day hearing, presided over by former Zimbabwe Supreme Court judge Justice Ahmed Ebrahim, ended after the closing oral submissions from both counsel.

The defence has now been given until August 6 to provide final written submissions to Justice Ebrahim and the prosecution will be given until August 9 to respond to these submissions.

Justice Ebrahim will then provide a written judgement to the Kenyan Cricket Association (KCA) and, if the charge is proven, will suggest a relevant sanction in the week of August 16.

The KCA will consider the determination and, if the charge is proven, must then decide on the sanction to impose.

It will be put before the ICC Code of Conduct Commission, which will determine whether the process followed is sufficient and whether the sanction is appropriate.

The Commission will prepare a report for the ICC Executive Board who will make the final decision.

Isa Omok in Nairobi
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