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Domestic cricket is corruption-free: Mumbai coach

In the wake of a raging spot-fixing controversy, former Test cricketer and current Mumbai coach Praveen Amre today said domestic cricket in the country is corruption-free.

cricket Updated: Sep 18, 2010 18:53 IST

In the wake of a raging spot-fixing controversy, former Test cricketer and current Mumbai coach Praveen Amre on Saturday said domestic cricket in the country is corruption-free.

"I have never experienced fixing in domestic cricket. Perhaps there is not much money for them (fixers) in it," he said on the sidelines of a function here.

Amre felt that despite the lack of star players in the Rest of India (ROI) line-up, who would be busy doing national duty during India's home-series against Australia, the Irani Cup tie between ROI and 39-time Ranji Trophy champions would be highly competitive.

"This is the beginning of a new season. The players in both the squad would be rusty. They will take time to get into rhythm. The pitches would also have moisture as the rainy season would just be ending," he said.

Besides, in Irani Trophy, it is never easy, he added.

The Irani Cup match would be held in Jaipur from October 1-5.

Amre, who is also Coach Director of Cricket India Academy (CIA), was here to announce the launch of the Cricket Development Programme, in EuroSchool, Airoli.

The programme, affiliated to Cricket Australia, is facilitated with the support of CIA and the cricket division of Sports Education Development India Ltd.