Ashes under match-fixing cloud

Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 11:54 [IST]
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Ashes under match-fixing cloud

London: One of the member of Australia's Ashes squad has been approached by an illegal bookmakers while on the tour of England.

A man who is suspected of being linked to a match-fixing ring met an Aussie team member in the bar of the team's London hotel, the Royal Garden in Kensington, following Australia's Ashes defeat at Lord's in July.

However, the cricketer alerted Aussie chiefs instantly and a complaint was lodged with the International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Security Unit.

The man is known to be a corruption specialist and it is understood the conversation with the player, who has not been accused of any crime, was brief.

No Australian players are suspected of any wrong-doing.

The London Sunday Telegraph reported this week of concerns that illegal bookmakers were returning to cricket following the failure of the Board of Control for Cricket in India to use the ICC"s anti-corruption unit to scrutinise the highly popular IPL Twenty20 tournament, in South Africa earlier this year.

ICC's chief executive Haroon Lorgat last week dismissed claims that Pakistan players had been approached by illegal bookmakers at their team hotel in Colombo during the recent series against Sri Lanka. The matter was investigated by the ACSU.

"The ICC and its members have a zero-tolerance approach to corruption and rightly so because the integrity of our sport with its spirit is one of its greatest assets," Lorgat said.


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