ICC recommends ban on 100 bookies for World Cup

Published: Saturday, August 10, 2002, 2:29 [IST]
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Islamabad: The International Cricket Council's anti-corruption unit has sent names of 100 bookies to South Africa recommending a ban on their entry during next year's World Cup. Taking part in the ceremony to hand over the leadership of Asian Cricket Council by Pakistan to Bangladesh, ICC president-elect Ehsan Mani said the anti-corruption unit after a detailed study compiled the list of these 100 bookies.

Replying to questions on efforts being initiated by the ICC to prevent match-fixing during the World Cup, Mani said that ICC has initiated a number of measures including placement of security officials to prevent outsiders from visiting the players. Also security cameras would be placed to keep a watch on the players, he said. Referring Australia's decision to call off its tour to Pakistan citing security concerns, Mani said that as per rules ICC's disciplinary committee could impose a $ 2 million fine on the country, which failed to keep its commitment.

"But in the case of Australia the decision has been taken in the interest of the security of its players," he said adding Australian Government should have taken a serious note of the assurances provided by Pakistan President, Gen Pervez Musharraf.

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