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Sydney Test: ICC knew of bookie’s presence

International Cricket Council had concerns about the presence of London bookie Mazhar Majeed, who was at the center of spot-fixing scandal that rocked world cricket two months ago, during the Sydney Test early this year but failed to inform CA about it, a report claimed on Monday.

cricket Updated: Oct 25, 2010 23:13 IST

International Cricket Council had concerns about the presence of London bookie Mazhar Majeed, who was at the center of spot-fixing scandal that rocked world cricket two months ago, during the Sydney Test early this year but failed to inform CA about it, a report claimed on Monday.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation, in its programme 'Four Corners', claimed that ICC had concerns about Majeed when he was in Australia during Pakistan tour, months before he was caught in a News of the World sting for allegedly fixing the Lord's Test.

The ICC, however, claimed that it was not in a position to pass any information on to Cricket Australia before the Pakistan tour.

“These are leads that we have to follow through and be quite confident before we make allegations, and it was the subject of an ongoing investigation,” ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in the 'Four Corners' programme.

“We were not satisfied of the extent of his activities and we needed to be quite confident before we levelled any accusations,” he said.

The ICC, however, has made it clear that there is no specific investigation into the Sydney Test for lack of evidence.

Pak players suspected of rigging Test

Karachi: Pak cricket plunged into another controversy with the former PCB chief Tauqir Zia claiming that six players were suspected by the ICC of rigging the Sydney Test. Lt General (retd) Zia said the ICC had informed the PCB in writing after the tour of Australia that it suspected six players of Pakistan team of rigging Sydney Test and they needed to be kept under a close watch.