New Delhi: New Delhi police, which was responsible for blowing the whistle on former South African captain Hansie Cronje's links with bookmakers last year, on Wednesday welcomed the match-fixing report of the International Cricket Council (ICC). "The report vindicates the stand of the Delhi police and it's nice to know our investigations have had far-reaching effects," said K K Paul, Joint Commissioner of Delhi police. The report from the ICC's anti-corruption unit, released on Wednesday, said cricket remained in the grip of match-fixers who could resort to murder, kidnap and threats to keep the lid on the sport's greatest scandal Delhi police taped conversations between Cronje and illegal bookmakers during South Africa's tour of India last year, which suggested that some matches were fixed. Cronje later admitted to taking money from bookmakers and was subsequently banned for life by the South African cricket authorities. There was no immediate comment on the report from Indian cricket chiefs, who were away in Pakistan to attend a meeting of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) in Lahore on Thursday.
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