Condon may face trouble during Pak visit

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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London: Lord Paul Condon, head of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti- graft unit, is expected to face a barrage of criticism when he goes to Pakistan this week following the publication of his report into cricket corruption. This will be Condon's first visit overseas since the report was published on Wednesday and his first to Pakistan after his appointment in the ICC last year. Pakistan had strongly objected to Condon's appointment. ICC sources say Condon expects tough talking from the head of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Lt Gen Tauqir Zia, with questions about the recent Pakistan-New Zealand series, which the report says has raised suspicions. The Pakistanis are concerned that though they have taken action against their players like Salim Malik, little effort has been made to investigate corruption allegations against Alec Stewart, who has been appointed captain of the England team for the next match against Pakistan starting on Thursday. In his chronology of investigations into match-fixing, Condon starts with Don Topley's allegations that the outcome of a county match between Essex and Lancashire in August 1991 was "predetermined". He says county or Test officials took no action because of insufficient evidence. Condon says his future programme of work in the next 12 months will include supporting CBI investigations into the links between organised crime and match- fixing, allegations of criminal offences linked to the contract for television rights in the ICC knockout competition in Bangladesh in 1998 and supporting the Pakistani inquiry into the 1999 World Cup match between Pakistan and Bangladesh. Extras:
'ICC report will ensure clean World Cup'
Condon report released, fixing rife since '70s
'Condon report is a valuable document'
Reasons for players to fall into 'fix' trap
Delhi police elated with ICC fix report

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