ICC claims it has uncovered new international cricket fixing plot

Published: Sunday 6th March 2016 by The News Editor

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The International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit believes it has prevented a spot-fixing incident and identified the plotters.

The chairman of the unit, Sir Ronnie Flanagan, said on Sunday the alleged planned fix involved members of an international team.

Flanagan did not disclose the individuals or the country involved as the case is still being investigated.

However, the unit has acted in an attempt to prevent another potential betting scandal engulfing the sport by bringing the team’s squad together and reminding them of their responsibilities, while indicating it will punish those involved.

Flanagan, a retired senior British police officer, told a press conference ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 : “Quite recently, we had reason to believe that members of a particular team had intentions to manipulate events in forthcoming matches.

“This was an international team, but I am not going to go into any details. The case is still under our investigation. Certain individuals we believe had intention to manipulate events, to facilitate betting on those events.

“When we come by a belief that something may happen in the future, b earing in mind that we exist to prevent corruption… we decided in this particular case that we would intervene immediately. We would bring together the entire squad, we would focus on individuals whom we suspected but we would remind the entire squad of all their responsibilities.”

He added in the press conference, footage of which was released to media by the ICC: “I am certain that our action in that particular case did indeed avert, did indeed prevent the intention of just one or two individuals. We have taken action in relation to those individuals and will be taking further action.”

The revelation comes just days before the World Twenty20 gets under way in India.

Pakistan left-arm paceman Mohammad Amir is set to compete in his first global tournament since completing a five-year spot-fixing ban for bowling no-balls deliberately during the 2010 Lord’s Test in England.

Amir and co-conspirators Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif also served prison sentences for their respective roles in the scam.

Flanagan explained the anti-corruption unit has shown a video of Amir expressing contrition at his actions in an effort to guide players.

Flanagan said: “Mohammad Amir at a very early stage did make a video for us, where he admitted his fault and described the effect that it had upon him and how wrong he was. We have used that in the past in our education with players.”

Published: Sunday 6th March 2016 by The News Editor

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