Insignificant ties subject to match-fixing

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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London: Some matches, particularly insignificant One-day Internationals, are particularly vulnerable to match-fixing, the International Cricket Council's anti- corruption unit (ACU) said in it's report on Wednesday.

"The corruptors are more likely to target some matches rather than others," ACU chief Paul Condon said in the report.

These include:

  • Matches where little is at stake, other than pride. Typically the last match in a series which has already been won convincingly by a team and substantial odds are being offered against them being beaten by the weaker side.
  • One-day Internationals in tournaments where one of the sides playing has either already qualified for the next stage of the tournament or already been eliminated. Hansie Cronje (former South African captain accused of fixing) called these matches 'soft matches' and others have called them by the bridge term 'dead rubber' matches.
  • Betting against form provides attractive odds and if the match is fixed, guarantees a handsome return for the corruptors.
  • One-day International tournaments on neutral territory. We have received reports of some players treating these events with indifference and the opportunity to maximise the receipt of gifts or indulge in under-performance for betting purposes.

AFP Extras:
Condon report released, fixing rife since '70s
Reasons for players to fall into 'fix' trap
ICC to discuss 'fix' report next month

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