New Zealand board rubbishes match-fixing report

March 12th, 2012 - 3:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Wellington, March 12 (IANS) The New Zealand Cricket (NZC) rubbished a English media report that claimed that some its players were involved in match-fixing, terming the allegations “baseless” and “irresponsible”.

NZC chief executive David White said Britain’s Sunday Times taht the reports were far from being true.

“We have complete confidence that the claims made are baseless and have no credibility. The sources are not credible and the accusations are unsubstantiated making them irresponsible, damaging and untrue,” White said in a statement.

“The integrity and reputation of the game is paramount and NZC have absolute confidence that our players share these ideals,” he added.

New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association (NZCPA) chief executive Heath Mills also dismissed the report.

“There’s no doubt that those who play on the sub-continent will inadvertently come into contact with people of ill repute,” he was quoted as saying by the New Zealand Herald.

“But I don’t believe anyone I work with is, or has ever been, involved… I would be highly surprised and bitterly disappointed if that was the case,” he said.

The Sunday Times revealed that Indian bookmakers were involved in fixing results of international matches and English county games. The report also claimed that some unnamed Kiwi players were involved in match-fixing.

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