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ICC to expand Indian probe into scandal

Published: Monday, December 11, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Madras: World cricket's chief corruption investigator Paul Condon said here on Monday that the powerful body will probe Indian charges of match-fixing against national players in other countries.Condon, the anti-corruption commissioner of the International Cricket Council (ICC), said he hoped to make substantial progress before the next World Cup cricket tournament set for South Africa in 2003."Our task now is to follow up on allegations and gather evidence in areas over which the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has no jurisdiction," Condon told reporters in the southern Indian city.India's CBI on November 1 said five Indian and nine foreign players, besides an Indian physiotherapist were involved in match-fixing and betting.The foreign players named in the CBI report included ex-Test captains Alec Stewart (England), Brian Lara (West Indies), Hansie Cronje (South Africa), Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda De Silva (Sri Lanka), Martin Crowe (New Zealand) and Asif Iqbal and Salim Malik (Pakistan). Australia's Mark Waugh and former Indian physiotherapist Ali Irani were also named in the CBI's bombshell report.India's cricket board after an independent enquiry last month banned Azharuddin and former Test player Ajay Sharma for life, and handed down a five-year ban on star Ajay Jadeja and whistle-blower Manoj Prabhakar.Condon is visiting India with Greg Mellick, special investigator of the Australian Cricket Board, New Zealand official Tim Gresson and Sri Lankan official Desmond Fernando. They arrived in India last week. Earlier Monday, Condon held a closed-door meeting with Indian cricket board chief A C Muthiah and other officials here. "We are here to gather and share information with the Indian authorities to carry the investigation into this obnoxious practice forward," Condon said. Condon also said the ICC probe would be a global exercise."We will be meeting with key figures of the Indian cricket board and the CBI. With their help, we hope to take our global investigations forward. "This is not a witch-hunt or frivolous enquiry into the business affairs of the cricketers. It is an investigation into matters that are against cricketing ethics and activities," he said. Condon said he hoped to submit a report by April next year "on how to minimise corruption in cricket and maximise protection for players against corruption.""The ICC probe has no timeframe and will go on as long as it does," he said, before leaving for New Delhi to meet with officials from the CBI and the sports ministry.Copyright AFP 2000

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