The International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit believes it has prevented a spot-fixing incident and identified the plotters.
The chairman of the unit, Sir Ronnie Flanagan, said yesterday the alleged planned fix involved members of an international team. Flanagan did not disclose the individuals or the country involved as the case is still being investigated.
Sir Ronnie Flanagan
However, the unit has acted in an attempt to prevent another potential betting scandal engulfing the sport by bringing the team’s squad together and reminding them of their responsibilities, while indicating it will punish those involved.
Flanagan told a press conference at BCCI’s headquarters: “Quite recently, we had reason to believe that members of a particular team had intentions to manipulate events in forthcoming matches.
‘Case under investigation’
“This was an international team, but I am not going to go into any details. The case is still under our investigation. Certain individuals we believe had intention to manipulate events, to facilitate betting on those events. When we come by a belief that something may happen in the future, bearing in mind that we exist to prevent corruption... we decided in this particular case that we would intervene immediately. We would bring together the entire squad, we would focus on individuals whom we suspected but we would remind the entire squad of all their responsibilities.”
He added: “I am certain that our action in that particular case did indeed avert, did indeed prevent the intention of just one or two individuals. We have taken action in relation to those individuals and will be taking further action.”