The International Cricket Council has launched a probe into a claim by the Sunday Times that Indian bookmakers fixed last year’s World Cup semifinal between Pakistan and India.
The newspaper’s investigation revealed that the bookmakers are fixing county games played in England and other international matches. The bookmakers offer thousands of pounds – £44,000 to batsmen to bat sluggishly, £50,000 to bowlers to give up runs and £750,000 for a player or official for an assured match result.
To lure cricketers from different countries including England, the fixers claimed to have used a Bollywood actress.
The newspaper quoted a Delhi bookmaker as saying that good money could be made from county cricket as it “is a good market” as the matches are low profile and not monitored. The Sunday Times forwarded the findings to ICC, which said that it would probe into the allegations.
An ICC spokesperson said:
“We are grateful for the information you have provided and will launch an inquiry into these serious allegations.”
“Betting on cricket in the legal and illegal markets continues to grow rapidly and, with many, many millions of dollars being bet on every match, the threat of corrupters seeking to influence the game has not gone away.”