Speed wants Waugh issue resolved soon

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Melbourne: Australian Cricket Board (ACB) chief executive Malcolm Speed said on Wednesday allegations that Mark Waugh received money from an illegal bookmaker needed to be resolved one way or the other. Waugh has denied an unsubstantiated claim by Indian bookie Mukesh Gupta that he paid Waugh $ 20,000 at a tournament in Hong Kong in 1993. The matter is still under investigation by International Cricket Council (ICC) anti- corruption head Sir Paul Condon, who released his first report on Wednesday. "Our position is it's very important we resolve this issue one way or the other," Speed told reporters. "It needs to be resolved either by Gupta giving evidence and being tested or alternatively we need at some stage to be able to say that's the end of the matter so Mark can be exonerated. "But at this stage, if you read the report, we're not at that stage." Waugh was due to leave Sydney on Saturday for London with the Australian One-day team for a series with Pakistan and England, leading up to the Ashes Tour. The ACB and the ICC quizzed Waugh in February. Gupta's evidence against former South African captain Hansie Cronje and Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin was crucial in both players being banned from the game for life. In both cases Gupta alleged those players had fixed matches, allegations subsequently corroborated. However Gupta refused to back up his allegations against Waugh.

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