International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat has welcomed a front-page apology from The Times of India after the newspaper published a fictional story alleging corruption during the ICC Cricket World Cup.
The paper ran a story on its website on 22nd March claiming alleged spot-fixing during the group game between Australia and Zimbabwe.
The apology read as follows: "The Times Of India carried a story on its website on March 22 alleging that the match between Australia and Zimbabwe had been spot-fixed.
"We apologise to Australia, Cricket Australia and the ICC for any embarrassment caused by this. We also accept that at no stage has the ICC ever confirmed or suggested the match was fixed. The story has since been taken off the website."
Lorgat added: "The story was not only fictional but was also damaging to the image of cricket. I am pleased that the Times Of India, took a responsible step and corrected the facts at its earliest opportunity."
Following the match, which Australia won by 91 runs, Australian team officials strongly denied that the slow start to their innings had been investigated by the ACSU.
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