ICC probes CWC fixing claim
Johannesburg - A Kenyan player is being
investigated by the ICC on suspicion of fixing in two international
games, one of which was at last year's Cricket World Cup, the country's cricket
boss said on Thursday.
Cricket Kenya chief executive Tom Sears said that the player, who he would not name, has
not been suspended but is under investigation by the sport's governing
Sears indicated that the World Cup game in question was
Kenya's heavy 205-run loss to Pakistan in Hambantota, Sri Lanka last
February, where Kenya was bowled out for 112 after Pakistan made 317-7.
Kenya's bowlers conceded 46 extras in the game, including 37 wides.
by telephone from Kenya, Sears said the player, who is not part of
Kenya's current squad, was also suspected of "tampering" with another
international involving two other countries. He did not give any details
of that game.
"There are a couple of instances (under
suspicion)," Sears said, "one involving a match in which a player played
and one where he didn't.
"If you look at what we can afford to
pay our players compared to full members (of the ICC), maybe we're more
susceptible (to fixing). But there's no excuse. We'll do all we can to
work with the ICC."
Cricket Kenya was contacted by the
International Cricket Council late last year over the fixing suspicions,
Sears said, although the ICC did not confirm any investigation when
"(The) ICC does not and never has commented
on the activities of the ACSU (Anti-Corruption and Security Unit)," the
world body said in a written reply.
Kenya lost all its games at
the 2011 World Cup in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, also falling to
heavy defeats to New Zealand by 10 wickets, Sri Lanka by nine wickets
and Australia by 60 runs. It even lost to minnows Canada, by five
wickets, and Zimbabwe, by 161 runs.