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Aussie cricket investigator to visit India

Published: Thursday, December 7, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Sydney: A special investigator appointed by the Australian Cricket Board (ACB) to probe match-fixing allegations against prominent players Mark Waugh and Shane Warne will visit India later this week. The ACB's special investigator Greg Melick will be accompanied by Sir Paul Condon, the International Cricket Council's (ICC) chief of anti-corruption unit. Melick had flown to London on Tuesday to meet Sir Paul and discuss the progress made in investigations being conducted by the ICC on the Australian board's request. Australian cricket administrators were tight-lipped about the issues discussed in Tuesday's meeting between Condon and Melick. "It is for the joint ICC-ACB investigation team to decide when the outcome of the London meeting and forthcoming Indian visit are to be made public," ACB's media manager Brian Murgatroyd told IANS on Wednesday. The announcement to go to India was, according to a joint ICC-ACB press release, made in London on Tuesday after the conclusion of the preliminary meeting between Condon and Melick. "The talks were a private exchange of information and an update of current status concerning ongoing investigations into the report released by Indian investigating agencies. As a result of this, Melick and I are going to India to seek further information relating to the allegations that have been made against overseas cricketers," Sir Paul said. The two investigators will probe the allegations made against Mark Waugh and Shane Warne in the Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) report submitted to the Indian government. Waugh and Warne were mentioned by Delhi bookmaker Mukesh Gupta in his testimony to the CBI investigators as having received money to fix matches. Australian cricket officials had forwarded a request to the ICC to make investigations after coming under enormous pressure from a section of the media and public to suspend the players whose names were mentioned in the CBI report. The ACB had also refused to take any action till further evidence was produced against the alleged match-fixers. Australian cricket officials have been adamant in not following the example set by India, South Africa and Pakistan and did not take any action against Waugh or Warne. Earlier last month, anti-corruption unit investigation teams had visited India and South Africa for one week. During that visit to India, ICC's investigators had worked closely with CBI sleuths to assess the strength of evidence against 15 international cricketers named in the CBI's report on match-fixing.India Abroad News Service

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