March 12, 2012 3:18:52 am
Allegations of match-fixing in cricket have surfaced again,with an Indian bookmaker telling London newspaper The Sunday Times that cricketers were lured into fixing through honey traps using Bollywood actresses.
The newspaper said it had evidence that tens of thousands of pounds were being offered to players to throw part or all of international matches,including last years World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan.
The Delhi-based bookmaker,Vicky Seth,told the newspaper that the English county cricket set-up was a good market as it involves low-profile matches and nobody monitors them. Thats why good money can be made there without any hassle.
The paper has passed on all the information it gathered from its investigation,including video footage of the conversation with the bookmaker,to the International Cricket Council (ICC). When contacted,an ICC official said,It will be handled by the Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU). We do not comment on ACSU matters.
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 (those) seeking to influence the game has not gone away, an ICC spokesperson said.
Just a few weeks ago,former Essex bowler Mervyn Westfield had become the first English cricketer to be jailed for corruption. Last year,Pakistan players Salman Butt,Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir had been jailed in Britain for spot-fixing.
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