Thatscricket - News - Stewart cleared of match-fixing charges
Published: Saturday, February 10, 2001, 21:15 [IST]
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London: England wicket-keeper Alec Stewart has been cleared of allegations that he took money from a bookmaker in return for providing team and pitch information during England's 1992-93 tour of India, Sir Paul Condon's Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) confirmed in a statement on Wednesday.Stewart, 38, was interviewed by members of the ACU and the International Cricket Council (ICC) a fortnight ago. Wednesday's decision was fully supported by Lord MacLarin, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)."Lord Condon's anti-corruption unit has undertaken a very thorough investigation into the allegations made against Alec Stewart and has concluded that there exists no substantive evidence justifying proceedings against Alec in relation to this matter. The matter is therefore closed."In November, Stewart was publicly accused by Indian bookmaker Mukesh Gupta of receiving 5,000 Pounds ($ 7,350) in return for information on the 1992-93 Indian tour - an allegation he has always denied.Gupta's evidence was at the heart of India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) report into corruption that led to life bans for former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin and compatriot Ajay Sharma. The bookmaker has also made allegations against a number of players from outside the sub-continent including West Indies' Brian Lara and Australia's Mark Waugh.However, Gupta failed to answer a summons by the ACU for July 1 to back up his claims about Stewart's involvement, effectively leaving the former England captain in the clear.