ICC dismisses reports of match-fixing as baseless

Published: Thursday, September 15, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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London:International Cricket Council today dismissed media reports alleging match-fixing in the recent triangular ODI tournament in Zimbabwe as totally inaccurateand without foundation.

ICC Chief Executive Malcolm Speed said that in light of wildly inaccurate reports in certain sections of the Indian media it was necessary to take the unusual step ofclarifying on the activities of the Anti-Corruption Unit.

"We do not normally comment on the operational activities of the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit but in light of the volume of utterly unfounded reports relating to the recent tri-series in Zimbabwe, it is important to make it clear that there is no investigation being undertaken into this series," said Speed in a statement from the ICC here.

It is disappointing to see such wild and unfounded accusations circulating in the media and we have taken the unusual step of commenting on this speculation as we do notwish the reputation of the sport, the teams or the players to be tarnished by utterly inaccurate media reports."

The ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit frequently travels to all ICC Full Member countries and travel plans to visit many of these countries, including India, are already inplace, the ICC statement said.

No details of these travel plans are publicly circulated and no comment will be made on the nature of the ICC ACSU's operations in these member countries, the statement added.

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