Thatscricket - News - Media distorted my report: South Africa~~s King

Published: Friday, February 2, 2001, 15:00 [IST]
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Johannesburg: The head of South Africa's main body investigating match-fixing in cricket has said the media distorted his recommendations to clean up cricket in the country.Judge Edwin King, the chairman of the King Commission of Inquiry, investigating match-fixing and other irregularities in cricket, has told the United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA), the game's governing body in the country, that he did not envisage or recommend that telephones of the players be tapped.The UCBSA General Council was on Wednesday told that a sub-committee trying to implement King's suggestions had received a memorandum from the judge explaining the contents of his report and suggestions.King apparently wanted to clarify his exact intentions, after what he called distortions made by the media while reporting his recommendations.King's suggestions included obligatory lie detector tests and were described in December last year as "draconian" and "unimplementable" by many national and international cricketers and officials.The South African government established the King Commission after Indian police blew the lid off a telephonic match-fixing deal between former South African captain Hansie Cronje and an Indian bookmaker last year.Cronje was subsequently banned for life by the UCBSA from all cricketing activities after admitting before the King Commission last June that he had accepted money and gifts from Indian and South African bookmakers. He has appealed against the ban in court.The UCBSA sub-committee said some of the measures suggested by King have been put in place. Most of the procedures are aimed to protect South African players in the national team from being exposed to corruption andmatch-fixing.The procedures will all be evaluated now in consultation with the team and its management. The sub-committee is also investigating the legal implications of inserting declarations into the players' contracts, although it was noted that all national players had already signed two declarations regarding corruption.One of these is the ICC Players' Declaration and the other was developed by the UCBSA in conjunction with the players before their tour of Sri Lanka inJuly 2000. Also to be investigated are various ways of raising the status and reporting of ethics within the national cricket squad.Other recommendations in the King report included better education of players and closer liaison between the UCBSA management and players. On the education side, the sub-committee is looking at additional courses for the Plascon Academy, which produces many South African cricketers, both at the national and the provincial level.The King Commission resumes its hearings next week, but is expected merely to windup its operations rather than make any new discoveries aboutmatch-fixing.India Abroad News Service

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