Author Hawkins says ICC incapable of curbing corruption, match-fixing in cricket

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 15, 2012 11:10 hrs

British sports-betting journalist Ed Hawkins, who has claimed in his yet to be released book that the 2011 World Cup semi final between India and Pakistan in Mohali could have been fixed, has said that the International Cricket Council (ICC) is not capable of eliminating the corruption and fixing menace from the game.

The Nation quoted Hawkins, as saying that the ICC needs an overhaul to prepare to combat this menace from the world cricket that is proving harmful to the game.

Hawkins claimed that he had submitted the evidence of the match-fixing to the ICC in February 2011, but the body paid no heed.

He further said that India has over one-lakh bookies who fix cricket matches.

Earlier on Tuesday, a British newspaper had published extracts of Hawkin's book in which he claimed an Indian bookmaker had accurately predicted what would happen in Pakistan's innings against their arch-rivals.

Hawkins said the bookmaker, Parthiv, sent him a Twitter message during the Indian innings correctly calling that when Pakistan batted, they would reach 100 easily then lose two wickets quickly, reach 150 with five down and lose by more than 20 runs.

Hawkins did not make any specific allegation of match-fixing but cited a statistician as saying the odds of the bookmaker predicting the outcome in such detail purely by chance would be 405 to one against.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) rejected the allegations in April 2011, saying there was no evidence to require an investigation into the match.

Former Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt has now called for an investigation of a possible foul play in the ICC World Cup 2011 semi-final. It is worth mentioning that Butt was head of PCB when the controversial match was played and he opted not to give a statement at that time on the alleged fixing match. (ANI)

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