'Justice needs to be done swiftly': NZC

Published: Monday, August 30, 2010, 14:32 [IST]
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'Justice needs to be done swiftly'

Reacting to the alleged match-fixing scandal involving Pakistan cricket team, New Zealand Cricket(NZC) on Monday said that justice should be done quickly to prevent the controversy from dragging on.

NZC chief Justin Vaughan refused to give a specific opinion on a British tabloid's sting operation about Pakistani players being involved in 'spot-fixing' during the fourth and final against England at Lord's.

"Justice needs to be done, but also swiftly to stop this dragging on," Vaughan was quoted as saying by the media in Wellington.

"I don't think there is any belief that betting practices extend to New Zealand," he added.

Vaughan hopes that the scandal would not have any bearing on Pakistan's tour of New Zealand in December.

"It's important we have their best team and we're preparing as well as possible for the World Cup, which happens immediately after," he added.

On Saturday, Aug 28, the News of the World tabloid had splashed details of a sting operation it conducted on a London-based individual, Mazhar Majeed. Later the Scotland Yard police arrested 35 year old Mazhar Majeed for offering bribes to some Pakistani players for spot fixing during the Test match.

"While nothing has been proven, the bad publicity is having an impact on the game," Vaughan said.


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