Thatscricket - News - ICC Trophy teams briefed on dangers of fixing
Published: Thursday, July 12, 2001, 3:35 [IST]
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Toronto: Teams at the International Cricket Council Trophy have received briefings on the dangers of match-fixing from a senior member of Sir Paul Condon's anti-corruption unit (ACU).Four teams from this competition for associate members of the ICC will go through to the World Cup in South Africa in 2003 and cricket officials want to make sure that players are well prepared for possible off-field events as well as purely cricketing ones."It's the start of an education programme," Jeffrey Rees, the ACU's chief investigator told AFP on Wednesday. "We just want to make sure they realise how easily it can happen and how they can avoid the pitfalls."Rees insisted that his presence in Canada was purely advisory and that he had no reason to suspect any malpractice during the Trophy. "I want to make it clear that we have no doubts about the integrity of this tournament. There is nothing going on that concerns us."The vast majority of players from the four qualifying nations will be amateurs for whom, in many cases, the World Cup will represent their first exposure to top-flight cricket.Their enthusiasm and ability to cause an upset has been a feature of previous World Cups, although the biggest shock at the 1999 World Cup in England, Bangladesh's victory over eventual finalists Pakistan, has long been regarded with suspicion by many inside and outside the sport.Although there has been no serious suggestion that Bangladesh were party to improper conduct, Rees remains determined that unscrupulous individuals will not be able to take advantage of any naivety on the part of the smaller countries in South Africa."We are trying to prepare, in every sense, players for the international game. The last thing we want to have is any embarrassment for cricket."International cricket has been rocked during the last 18 months by match-fixing revelations which have led to life bans for former captains Hansie Cronje (South Africa), Mohammed Azharuddin (India) and Salim Malik (Pakistan).