ICC to consider vote-fixing probe request

The ICC fended off allegations of vote fixing on Thursday and said “confusion” over procedures was the reason for a re-vote in a troubled election for one of its committees

Written by Associated Press | Johannesburg | Published: May 10, 2013 4:58:06 am

The ICC fended off allegations of vote fixing on Thursday and said “confusion” over procedures was the reason for a re-vote in a troubled election for one of its committees. The mechanics of Laxman Sivaramakrishnan’s victory over longtime players’ representative Tim May for a place on the ICC’s Cricket Committee was viewed by critics,however,as evidence of India’s powerful influence over the sport and the governing body’s continued favoring of its richest member.

Having announced Sivaramakrishnan as a new member of the committee on Monday following votes by the 10 test captains,the ICC denied on Thursday it had any evidence to back up allegations that some of those captains may have been pressured to choose the former India international and India’s preferred candidate because of the might of the Indian cricket board,the BCCI.

The international cricketers’ association,of which May is the chief executive,has fears that five countries may have told their captains to vote for Sivaramakrishnan — or even ordered them to change an initial vote for May — to follow the line of India.

May’s Federation of International Cricketers’ Association asked the ICC to investigate through its ethics committee and made a scathing attack on the ICC this week when it referred to “very serious shortcomings in governance” at the international body.

The ICC confirmed on Thursday that it received the written request from FICA to refer the election process to its ethics officer and said “this request is being considered”,although the lack of evidence,according to the ICC,might curtail any investigation.

“In view of the allegations already appearing in the media,the ICC wishes to state for the record that the re-vote took place according to the determined procedure and that the ICC has seen no evidence that supports allegations now being made that captains were put under pressure by their member boards to vote for a particular individual,’’ the Dubai-based governing body said in a statement.

The re-vote was required,the ICC said,because of uncertainty over the process if there was a tied vote and which player should be allowed to vote in countries that have different captains for the test and one-day formats.

The ICC said it wouldn’t comment further on allegations against its voting procedure while it considered FICA’s request for an investigation.

Injured Smith to miss CT

Graeme Smith has been ruled out of the Champions Trophy in order to have surgery on a chronic left ankle problem,leaving South Africa without two senior batsmen at next month’s tournament after Jacques Kallis made himself unavailable for personal reasons.

Smith needs surgery after being diagnosed with a stress fracture in his ankle and will also have to rest for four to six months,South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee said Thursday.

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