ICC Confirms Match-Fixing Investigation Into Former New Zealand Players

ICC Confirms Match-Fixing Investigation Into Former New Zealand Players
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that over the past few months it has been conducting a match-fixing investigation into a small number of former New Zealand cricketers.

A statement from New Zealand Cricket (NZC) confirmed the investigation shortly before the ICC issued its own statement.

"New Zealand Cricket (NZC) is aware the International Cricket Council (ICC) is investigating a small number of former New Zealand cricketers.

"As this is an ICC investigation, unfortunately NZC is not able to comment further."

The ICC's subsequent statement read as follows:

"Following the publication of an article in a leading New Zealand newspaper earlier today in which it is alleged that a small number of former New Zealand cricketers had engaged in fixing activity in historic cricket matches and were being investigated by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), the ICC confirms that it has indeed been working closely over the past few months with its colleagues in the domestic anti-corruption units of Member Boards to investigate these and related matters.
"The ICC and all of its Members maintain a zero-tolerance attitude towards corruption in the sport, and the ACSU will continue to collaborate with relevant individuals in order to complete its investigation process.  
"Naturally, as the investigation remains ongoing and nobody has been charged with any offence, no further comment will be made by the ICC or by NZC."

Unfortunately for the game, corruption and fixing have hit the headlines on several occasions in recent years.

The most high profile case saw Pakistan internationals Mohammad Asif, Mohammad Amir and Salman Butt banned from the game for at least five years each and handed custodial sentences for their part in spot-fixing in 2010.

England's Mervyn Westfield was also jailed for accepting a bribe to underperform during an English domestic match in 2009.

Nine players have been charged with corruption in the Bangladesh Premier League and the Indian Premier League was rocked by a betting scandal earlier this year which saw Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals officials investigated and players, including Shanthakumaran Sreesanth banned.

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