Condon calls for World Cup entry ban for undesirables

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2002, 23:53 [IST]
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London: International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption chief Paul Condon said on Thursday he wanted a hundred 'undesirables' banned from entering South Africa in a bid to combat match-fixing during next year's World Cup there.

"I think there will be around 100 people about whom we will provide information to the South African authorities," said Condon, adding that all decisions about entry into the country still rested with the government. Condon, who repeated his assertion that cricket was currently 'clean', also said, "There are a small number of players who in an ideal world would still not be playing. But it is the fingers of one-hand stuff." Condon, formerly chief of London's Metropolitan Police Force, but now in charge of the ICC's anti-corruption unit also said that approximately $ 150 million was bet on every One-day game. But he explained that talk of match-fixing as such was a 'misnomer'. "It's about people trying to engineer a betting coup," whether it be a bowler bowling two wides in an over or a batsman on 40 getting himself out for 41," Condon said. "My view is that this is something we must continually be aware of."

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