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Fixing claims 'baseless' says New Zealand Cricket

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Published: Monday, March 12, 2012, 13:45 [IST]
 
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Fixing claims 'baseless': NZC

Wellington, Mar 12: New Zealand Cricket has rubbished media reports that claimed some Kiwi players were involved in match-fixing, and termed such allegations as 'baseless' and 'irresponsible'.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White has slammed the Sunday Times as such reports were far from being true and said that the cricketing body's anti-corruption unit was investing the allegations.

"We have complete confidence that the claims made are baseless and have no credibility. The sources are not credible and the accusations are unsubstantiated making them irresponsible, damaging and untrue," White said in a statement.

"The integrity and reputation of the game is paramount and NZC have absolute confidence that our players share these ideals," he added.

While New Zealand Cricket Players' association chief executive Heath Mills has also denied claims on match fixing.

"Theres no doubt that those who play on the sub-continent will inadvertently come into contact with people of ill repute," he was quoted as saying by the New Zealand Herald.

"But I dont believe anyone I work with is, or has ever been, involved... I would be highly surprised and bitterly disappointed if that was the case," he said.

Sunday Times' investigation has revealed a few instances that might have led to match fixing, as it claimed that Indian bookmarkers were involved in fixing results of international and english county matches.

The report also claimed that a few New Zealand players who weren't named in the report were also involved in fixing.

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