Kiwis disappointed with ICC ~~fix~~ report

Published: Friday, May 25, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Sydney: Australians are miffed and the Kiwis disappointed with the International Cricket Council (ICC) report on match-fixing released two days back by the body's anti-corruption unit head Paul Condon. The Australians, in general, are sour over Mark Waugh not being exonerated, and New Zealanders disappointed that Condon and his fellow investigators did not lift the clouds of suspicion from over some of their rare triumphs in the recent past. Some Australian cricket experts have also expressed anguish over the fact that it has been six years since it was noticed that everything was not fine with cricket. Nothing substantial, they feel, has been done to clear cricket's name. In 1995, some Australian cricketers touring Pakistan had alleged that Pakistani Test team captain Salim Malik had offered them money to rig a few games. Malik has been banned for life from first class cricket, along with Hansie Cronje of South Africa, Mohammed Azharuddin and Ajay Sharma of India. Paul Condon has mentioned seven cricket matches involving Australia, which are suspected of being fixed. These matches, starting from the Australian World Cup match against Pakistan in Lahore in 1987, also include two World Series games involving India and Australia played in Australia in 1987, and the Delhi Test between the two countries in 1996. Australian cricket experts and media are also raising questions about ICC's effectiveness to administer the game. But the immediate concern has been to get a final word on Mark Waugh's involvement in the match-fixing scandal. New Zealander cricket authorities, on the other hand, remain perturbed by the suggestions that some of their matches may have been rigged too. New Zealand cricket operations manager John Reid has dismissed one such suggestion that the Kiwi win in last year's ICC Knockout Trophy had been fixed. "I've talked to our coach, David Trist. He's genuinely surprised and disbelieving," Reid said. "He's of the view there was nothing to suggest there was anything going on. He saw the Indian players' faces when they lost and there was good prize money on offer. It's disappointing - we win something and people cast aspersions," Reid added.

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