Thatscricket - News - ICC to review progress of ~~fix~~ probe

Published: Monday, February 5, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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London: The progress of investigations being conducted by the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Anti-corruption unit (ACU) into the match-fixing allegations will be reviewed at the executive committee meeting of the council on February 10 and 11 at Melbourne.Sir Paul Condon, head of the ACU would brief the meeting on the progress made so far but no details relating to the individuals would be announced, an ICC release said on Monday.Sir Paul is due to submit a detailed report and recommendations to Lord Griffiths, Chairman of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission, in April.The committee will also discuss the conduct of Test Cricket World Championship and formal implementation of 10 year internationaltours programme.This 10 years international tour programme schedule would providethe framework for the introduction of an official Test Cricket WorldChampionship. The tours programme is structured to allow all Test playing countries to play each other home and away over a five-year period. However, long established and traditional fixtures such as the Ashes series would continue on a four-year cycle. At the meeting the potential structure and timing of the tour programme would also be discussed along with the benefits of adding context and enhanced spectator interest to the game at Test level.This would be the first time a co-ordinated calendar of international cricket has been adopted, giving the opportunity for long-term planning and preparation. It will also provide newer Test playing nations such as Zimbabwe and Bangladesh with regular fixtures against all other teams.After the conclusion of meeting of the executive committee, captains of Test playing nations will gather in Melbourne on Feburary 12. Sunil Gavaskar will chair the meeting that will discuss issues such as playing conditions and the use of technology in the decision making process. Its recommendations will be forwarded to the ICC Cricket Committee-Playing meeting scheduled for London during May, which will review playing conditions for international cricket for the next three years.Captains confirmed to attend include Stephen Waugh, Stephen Fleming, Jimmy Adams, Heath Streak, Naimur Rahman, Sanath Jayasuriya, Moin Khan and Shaun Pollock. Nasser Hussain and Saurav Ganguly are unable to attend as they will be preparing for forthcoming series against Sri Lanka and Australia respectively.The meeting will confirm the details of future ICC tournaments, including the 2001 ICC Trophy in Canada, venues for the 2002 Under-19 World Cup and 2002 ICC Knock Out and an update on the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. UNI

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