ICC to investigate fresh match fixing claims

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 11, 2012 18:40 hrs

London, March 11 (IBNS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) will be investigating claims made by Britain's The Sunday Times that Indian bookmakers were using a Bollywood actress as a honey trap to fix international matches and also England county games.

The newspaper revealed that has evidence that tens of thousands of pounds were offered to players for spot-fixing and also claimed that last year´s World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan.

The daily reported that a Delhi bookmaker has claimed that England's county cricket was a good new market for the fixers. The bookmaker also said the England's county cricket "was low-profile matches and nobody monitors them. That´s why good money can be made there without any hassle".

The report claimed that batsmen could earn up to 44,000 for slow scoring and bowlers could make 50,000 for conceding runs, set by fixers. Players and officials who could guarantee the outcome of the match are also assured 750,000.

The claims made by the reputed British daily came just weeks after former Essex bowler Mervyn Westfield became the first English cricketer to be convicted for corruption. Westfield was jailed after he admitted accepting money to fix a match against Durham in September 2009.

Last year, Pakistan players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer were the first international cricketers to be jailed in Britain for "spot-fixing" the 2010 Lord's Test match against England.

An ICC spokesman said it would investigate the new allegations.

"We are grateful for the information you have provided and will launch an inquiry into these serious allegations," he told The Sunday Times.

"Betting on cricket in the legal and illegal markets continues to grow rapidly and, with many, many millions of dollars being bet on every match, the threat of corrupters seeking to influence the game has not gone away."

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