I've seen 'dodgy' cricket incidents: Iain O'Brien

Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 20:08 [IST]
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Seen 'dodgy' cricket incidents: O'Brien

Wellington, Mar 13: Former New Zealand pacer Iain O'Brien has claimed to have seen "dodgy" cricket incidents in India, England and Australia and added it will be naive to assume New Zealand players had not been approached by bookmakers.

O'Brien watched televised Twenty20 matches during Australia's recent Big Bash and said "there was stuff that didn't look quite right". He also said that he had witnessed some eyebrow-raising moments in English county cricket too.

"I've seen some stuff that I don't necessarily agree with, a bit unexplainable. Everywhere," said O'Brien.

"I've seen plenty in India, and I've seen it with my own eyes a couple of times in games that I've commentated on in the UK, stuff that just doesn't make sense, with guys with possible history in it.

"But that's all I can say. It's all hearsay, and that's the most dangerous," he added.

The 22-Test New Zealand seamer, however, said he himself had never been approached by bookmakers.

Asked whether any other New Zealanders had, he said: "I don't know of anyone but I'm sure there has been. There has to be. You're naive to think they haven't been.

"I have a clear conscience. What I can say is, if anyone is involved I hope they're sweating at the moment. I hope they get caught, whoever it is. And if there are New Zealanders involved, I hope they get taken down."

The biggest fixing scandal of international cricket was exposed by a sting operation by now-defunct British tabloid, 'News Of The World', which led to the punishment of Pakistani players - Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer.

O'Brien said it might take a similar effort to bring the perpetrators to book.

"If it has to take a newspaper sting to track down cheats and fixers then sweet, I don't care: let's get rid of them.

"But how do they come up with enough proof? You need times, dates and events until you can even get close to proving it," he said.


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