Gough hits out at Condon~~s proposals

Published: Monday, May 28, 2001, 17:29 [IST]
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London: England fast bowler Darren Gough said on Sunday that proposals in Lord Condon's report into cricket corruption will not stop match-fixing and only result in innocent players being treated like criminals. "Once again cricket has over-reacted and got it wrong by trying to build high- security fences around international players," Gough told the News of the World. "But I can assure you that no amount of external policing is going to stop match- fixing. "The one per cent who are rotten will still find a way to cheat cricket. According to Lord Condon our lives should be made a misery by being under constant surveillance during Test matches and tours. "I'm afraid I'm not prepared to live like that," added Gough. "I've done nothing wrong and don't see why I should be treated like a suspect," said Gough. "Having my life monitored, with full-time security officers attached to each country, is way over the top and is so unnecessary." Gough said the International Cricket Council (ICC) should take the blame for not acting before on match-fixing. "The scandal has been under their noses for years," he said. "I don't know whether they didn't see it or just turned a blind eye. But now it seems international cricketers will have to pay for their neglect by having their activities watched and privacy invaded."

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