ICC launches spot-fixing probe against Kenyan player

May 24th, 2012 - 9:59 pm ICT by IANS  

Dubai, May 24 (IANS) The International Cricket Council (ICC) has launched an investigation into fresh match-fixing claims involving a Kenyan player during a 2011 World Cup match against Pakistan at Hambantota in Sri Lanka.

The ICC has asked Kenyan cricket board not to include the player in any official capacity, ESPNCricinfo.com reported.

Pakistan won the match by 205 runs after bowling out Kenya for 112. During the match, Kenya bowlers conceded 37 wides, equalling the world record.

The ICC was tipped off about the Kenyan player by another team mate, who claimed that several approaches were made to spot-fix in international matches involving other teams. The same cricketer also alleged that the players was also involved in the concerned match in the World Cup.

“Cricket Kenya has … been advised that at this stage the ICC cannot comment on any investigations,” Tom Sears, the Kenyan board’s chief executive, was quoted as saying by the website.

“We are happy to assist the ICC in any way to ensure that any corruption in the game is dealt with and if there has been any wrongdoing, any individuals involved are punished accordingly. The Kenyan Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs is aware of the allegations and has also pledged their support in eradicating any corruption,” he said.

Kenya, semi-finalists in 2003, failed to win a single match in the 2011 World Cup and it resulted in a review by Cricket Kenya. Expectedly some senior players were not offered new contracts.

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