ICC terms World Cup 2011 semi final match-fixing claim `groundless`

ICC terms World Cup 2011 semi final match-fixing claim 'groundless'

Last Updated: Sun, Nov 11, 2012 07:00 hrs

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has termed the news published in a British newspaper alleging that the semi-final match of World Cup 2011 between Pakistan and India was fixed as "groundless".

The ICC spokesman said there is no solid evidence of the match being fixed.

"ICC cannot initiate any inquiry without substantial evidence," The Nation quoted him, as saying.

A British newspaper had published extracts of a book by sports-betting journalist Ed Hawkins 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 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.

India won the match by 29 runs to book their place in the final where they beat Sri Lanka to claim their second World Cup.

Hawkins does not make any specific allegation of match-fixing but cites 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 man, identified as Vicky Seth and described as "one of Delhi's most influential bookmakers", made a slew of "revelations" during a drinking session with an undercover Sunday Times reporter, who videotaped the conversation.

The report quoted Seth as saying that a Bollywood actress, who was not named, was used by bookies as a honey-trap to tempt county cricketers into corruption.

Seth reportedly said that English county cricket was a growing market for fixing since the matches were low profile and were not being intensely monitored.

Hawkins book 'Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy: Journey to the corrupt heart of cricket's underworld' will be published on November 15. (ANI)

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