Name the cheats

International Cricket authorities are investigating up to four former players for cheating. I say name them….stop casting aspersions on the innocent.

An International Cricket Council investigation into match-fixing by as many as three former Black Caps cricketers could be linked to an English newspaper sting last year.

The ICC’s anti-corruption unit has reportedly been in New Zealand for the past four months, and is believed to be looking at claims of match fixing that allegedly occurred in more than one country.

“It’s a difficult situation,” New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White told the NZ Herald.

“New Zealand Cricket is aware the ICC is investigating some former New Zealand cricketers. Unfortunately, we are not in a position to comment further and all inquiries have to be directed to the ICC.”

The ICC has released a statement confirming it is investigating match fixing around the world. 

“The ICC confirms that it has indeed been working closely over the past few months with its colleagues in the domestic anti-corruption units of Member Boards to investigate these and related matters,” the statement said.

“The ICC and all of its Members maintain a zero-tolerance attitude towards corruption in the sport, and the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) will continue to collaborate with relevant individuals in order to complete its investigation process.

“Naturally, as the investigation remains ongoing and nobody has been charged with any offence, no further comment will be made by the ICC or by NZC.”

Last March, New Zealand Cricket confidently dismissed suggestions in English newspaper the Sunday Times that New Zealand players had agreed to meet with a bookmaker to fix matches.

The newspaper released details of an investigation it had conducted into fixing and quoted an Indian bookmaker as saying he had turned down the chance to work with New Zealand players because it was not worthwhile with more lucrative match-fixing opportunities on offer in the IPL.

He allegedly named two New Zealand players he said were prepared to work with them but the newspaper did not publish details.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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