Players are not corrupt: Anti Corruption Unit

Published: Friday, June 25, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:Admitting that gambling was still prevalent in cricket, a senior official of the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) said the unit has been able to keep players clear of corrupt elements to a "great extent".

"Bookmaking is still very much part of the sport. But I think we have succeeded to a big extent in keeping the players clear of corrupt elements seeking to soil the sport to make easy money," ACU regional security manager Nuruddin Khawaja said.

He also said though professional bookies were still placing large sums of money on international cricket matches, things have improved a lot in the last few years.

"Things today are far better than the crisis world cricket was facing from this menace few years back." He was quoted as saying by The News on Friday.

Khwaja, who is entrusted with the responsibility of looking after the Pakistan and Bangladesh teams, said the players and match officials were now more aware of staying clear of bookmakers because of the security protocols implemented by the ACU.

Referring to the allegations made by Rashid Latif about a match being fixed in the recent Pakistan-India series, he said the ACU did not find anything substantial in the allegations.

But he admitted the name of Indian bookmaker Ratan Mehta had figured in a lot of places and he had ties with some players.

"But the ACU is aware of his activities and is keeping a close watch on him," he said.

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