Johannesburg: South African cricket boss Dr Ali Bacher has commended Indian investigating agencies for their 'thorough job' in probing cricket irregularities and said he did not share the view of International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman Malcolm Gray that more irregularities would be uncovered. Speaking to the Afrikaans language weekly 'Rapport', Dr Bacher said he hoped that the "pains of cricket are now over" after the release earlier last week of the report by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in India, which has implicated some of the world's top cricketers in match-fixing and other irregularities. Dr Bacher, managing director of the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA) said Indian income tax authorities had made investigations at more than 80 homes. "If there were any other things that were happening, I believe it would have come out during those investigations," he said. "I am glad that nothing further has been revealed in the Indian report about the involvement of South African cricketers," Dr Bacher said. "No other South African players are involved. If we want to clean up cricket, all these things must be exposed," he added. Dr Bacher would not comment on whether other cricket-playing countries should consider establishing commissions to investigate allegations in the Indian report. The South African government had established the King Commission of Inquiry to investigate earlier claims that now banned captain Hansie Cronje was involved with bookmakers. The commission rocked South African cricket to its foundations when Cronje confessed at its hearing in June to having accepted money and gifts from Indian and South African bookmakers. "The matter of action against players from other countries is in the hands of Sir Paul Condon, the investigation officer of the International Cricket Council (ICC)," Bacher said. Dr Bacher said he was particularly pleased that South African player Nicky Boje, who was also implicated by the Delhi Police initially but had consistently maintained that he was innocent, had been cleared. He also lauded the South African squad for having performed well despite the pressure they were under during the time. They won the One-day home series against New Zealand 5-0.
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