Match-fixers records will stay: Wisden editor
Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2001, 22:56 [IST]
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London: Players found guilty of match-fixing will still have their records maintained in Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, the editor of the game's bible told AFP on Tuesday. A report in the 'Sunday Times' suggested that Sir Paul Condon, the head of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti-corruption unit, was putting forward the expunging of records from the game's supreme statistical authority as one of a number of recommendations in his first report into corruption into cricket, due to be made public on May 23. But Wisden editor Graeme Wright said such a proposal was unworkable. "From a Wisden point of view we are utterly opposed to retrospectively altering records. "The more you go into it, the more absurd it becomes. For example, partnership records by definition involve more than one person, so what would you do then? "We are not going to be retrospective. About 10 years ago ICC said that matches played on rebel tours in South Africa should no longer be regarded as first-class. But they were considered so at the time and we did not change our records. We did not alter our records for political reasons and we are not going to change them as some kind of punishment for match-fixers. "My one worry in all this is that while Sir Paul Condon is undoubtedly a competent investigator, I wonder quite how deep his knowledge of cricket is. Cricket statistics are a minefield for those who are well-versed in the game never mind those on the fringe." Wright was also concerned that this retrospective action would not help play a significant role in preventing match-fixing. "Unfortunately most ICC action tends to be retrospective. One of my predecessors wrote that when it came to the ICC you could always hear the sound of horses galloping over the horizon. "It would be better if ICC did something to keep them bolted in the stable."