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ICC's clean chit to Pakistan on fixing allegations

cricket Updated: May 25, 2010 13:44 IST

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The ICC has stopped investigating the controversial Australia-Pakistan Sydney Test after finding no evidence of match-fixing, a Cricket Australia spokesman said.

The Test, which Pakistan lost from a dominating position, was under the scanner as the then Pakistani coaches Initkhab Alam and Aqib Javed suspected match-fixing by their players,particularly stumper Kamran Akmal.

According to media reports, the ICC's Anti Corruption and Security Unit head Paul Condon, who was looking into the
match-fixing claims, has given a clean chit to Pakistan.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland had sought information from the ICC when Condon revealed last week that they were investigating the Test.

"The ICC has replied, saying it has seen no evidence of match-fixing and that there is no current investigation of match-fixing," CA spokesman Peter Young was quoted as saying by 'The Australian'.

"Haroon Lorgat (CEO, ICC) has assured James Sutherland that Australia won the match on its merits. Lord Condon found evidence of a demoralised team and warned that cricket authorities needed to be extra vigilant," Young added.

Pakistan, on that ill-fated tour, were whitewashed by Australia as they lost the Test and ODI series and also a on-off Twenty20 international.

The disastrous outcome led to the formation of an enquiry committee by the Pakistan Cricket Board to probe the national team's failure during the disastrous tour.

Appearing before the committee, Alam and Javed suspected match fixing. The Committee recommended bans and fines on
seven players, including Mohammed Yousuf and Younis Khan for alleged indiscipline.

The proceedings of the committee were recently leaked and created a stir as Alam and Javed expressed possibilities of foul play in the form of match-fixing, apart from revealing the politics and infighting within the team.