Fixing fears scuttled Abu Dhabi match: ICC

Published: Monday, May 10, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:International Cricket Council (ICC) has revealed that match fixing fears stood in the way of Abu Dhabi hosting an exhibition match between India and Pakistan.

President Ehsan Mani said that the ICC did not allow Abu Dhabi to stage the proposed match this month because the organisers had contacted the players directly bypassing the Boards in both countries.

"Organisers' direct contacts with players could raise chances for match-fixing," Mani said in Lahore on Sunday on the sidelines of Asian Cricket Council's development seminar.

Abu Dhabi Cricket Control Board's (ADCCB) plan to hold a match on May 14 between the archrivals did not materialise after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) rejected the proposal. The ADCCB is now planning to rope in a World XI to play Pakistan.

Mani claimed that the match-fixing incidents in cricket had been brought down significantly by the efforts of its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).

He said the revival of cricket relations between Pakistan and India was a good sign for the game in Asia in particular and the world cricket in general.

Reiterating the governing body's stance on the issue of tour cancellations, Mani said the ICC could suspend the membership of any country that fails to honour its 10-year Test programme.

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