ICC’s anti-corruption wing officials are in New Zealand to investigate match- and spot-fixing, the New Zealand Herald daily reported.
It is believed up to three former Kiwi cricketers are involved in fixing that allegedly occurred in more than one country, it said. “It’s a difficult situation,” it quoted New Zealand
Cricket CEO David White as saying. “NZC is aware the ICC is investigating some former New Zealand cricketers.”
The paper said the probe related to historic games featuring international stars and that it was believed none of the players under investigation is still playing professionally. As laws covering match- and spot-fixing vary from country to country, it is not known whether any criminal charges could follow.
The ICC’s anti-corruption and security unit’s Australasian head, John Rhodes, is involved in the inquiry, the paper said, adding that an ICC official refused to comment and when asked to deny any investigation involving New Zealand players was taking place, said: “we don’t comment at all”.
The revelations could be a potential blow as New Zealand prepares to co-host the 2015 World Cup with Australia.
Last year, in a London Sunday Times report, one of Delhi’s most influential bookmakers, Vicky Seth, told an undercover reporter match-fixing was rife and “will always carry on” He said: “Obviously the big money is to be made in big matches - Test matches, T20s, the IPL and BPL (Bangladeshi Premier League).” Seth claimed to have paid at least two Kiwi players to cheat.
“At the moment we’ve got connections with New Zealanders,” he said. “I did some fixing with (names a player) and (names another player) in 2010. I met them direct in Delhi.”