Players talked about threat of match-fixing: Gilly

Published: Saturday, June 5, 2010, 13:26 [IST]
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Players talked about 'match-fixing'

Sydney: Former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist has said that the threat of 'match fixing' was the topic of discussion among the players in the Indian Premier League.

Gilchrist however said he had not encountered any evidence of illegal match fixing activity any time in his career.

“It''s been discussed among players in the IPL - more wondering whether it goes on. There''s a strong thought that we''d be naive to think it''s not happening, because it''s a pretty easy target. There''s a lot of accessibility to players and it''s early in its governance," The Age quoted Gilchrist, as saying.

“I''d be concerned if it was happening, but I haven''t seen anything concrete to say it is," he added.

He said that cricket's integrity in England has to be looked upon urgently as recently an unnamed county player reported that an Indian businessman had approached him.

“You need evidence, and I''ve not seen any. I hear suggestions and whispers, and this stuff that''s come out - police coming and arresting players - is pretty hardcore, but unless you get evidence and have something to back it up, it all means nothing," Gilchrist said.

“So all the speculation is not good for the game, either," he added.


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