Lorgat blasts 'match-fixing' claims
International Cricket Council chief Haroon Lorgat today blasted media allegations that the World Cup match between Australia and Zimbabwe was under investigation for match-fixing.india Updated: Mar 23, 2011 15:07 IST
International Cricket Council chief Haroon Lorgat on Wednesday blasted media allegations that the World Cup match between Australia and Zimbabwe was under investigation for match-fixing.
An English daily claimed on Tuesday that the February 21 match in Ahmedabad was being probed by the ICC's anti-corruption body.
"The article...can only be described as fictional," said Lorgat.
"We do not comment on the activities of the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) and for good reason.
"However, after several misleading and downright false stories appearing in recent weeks it is time for us to show our displeasure and expose those responsible for affecting the integrity of the media.
"It is also patently false of the reporter to claim that the ICC ever suggested to it that the match was corrupted. The ICC confirms that, in terms of its policy, at no stage did anyone from the ICC speak to the journalist on this topic.
Lorgat said he expected the Indian newspaper to retract such "baseless stories."
Australia had already dismissed as "laughable" claims that the ICC was investigating the match.