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Old 10-23-2006, 03:13 AM
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Default Match-fixing suspicions in 1999 World Cup: Match-fixing investigation moves to Britain

Khaleej Times Online

October 23, 2006 Monday

LONDON: Suspicions of match-fixing during England's hosting of the cricket World Cup in 1999 have led Indian police to Britain only days after they formally questioned South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs.

Delhi police are probing whether matches held in England were fixed by gambling syndicates and have requested the assistance of Scotland Yard.

Video footage of South Africa's matches during the 1999 tournament and the UK bank accounts and telephone records of disgraced South African cricketer Hansie Cronje have been requested by the Delhi investigators.

Cronje, the now deceased South Africa captain, became a pariah in April 2000 when he admitted accepting bribes from gambling syndicates.

Before being banned for life and later dying in a plane crash, he was the subject of the King Commission set up by South Africa to investigate the bribery claims. However the King Commission did not focus on any of the matches in the 1999 World Cup.

Of particular concern is Bangladesh's defeat of Pakistan in a group game, although claims have also surrounded South Africa's loss to Zimbabwe and a second phase match between India and Pakistan. Zimbabwe and Bangladesh won when their opponents had already assured qualification.

According to The Sunday Times, the Indian investigators are focusing on the dealings of Cronje and Sanjeev Chalwa, an Indian national living in London. Tapped telephone conversations between the two men in 2000 led Delhi police to believe that Chalwa was negotiating with Cronje to fix South Africa's matches in India.

During the King Commission Cronje admitted accepting bribes from gambling syndicates to help to fix matches and individual batting scores, notably an 8,000 pounds fee to ensure his team lost a One-day International against India in Nagpur in March 2000.

Gibbs, his opening batsman, later admitted having agreed to accept 8,000 pounds in exchange for scoring 20 runs or less and was banned for six months.

Gibbs, who is back playing for South Africa, was formally questioned by Delhi police this week however it believed he has not told the police anything new.

Asked if he knew whether Cronje fixed the matches in Britain, Gibbs said he did not know but admitted that Cronje had lied when he told the King Commission that he had never approached team-mates to throw a game for cash.

Concerning the 1999 tournament in England, detectives believe that earpieces and microphones worn by Cronje and other players provide evidence that South Africa's match against India at Hove, won by South Africa, was fixed.

In a letter to be sent via the Home Office, the police refer to the match as a 'curious incident' and ask if ICC officials had raised the issue at the time. - AFP
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The Sunday Times October 22, 2006

Yard to probe cricket World Cup 'fixes'
Dean Nelson, Delhi

INDIAN police have asked Scotland Yard to help investigate whether matches held in England during the 1999 cricket World Cup were fixed by gambling syndicates.

The inquiry is the first suggestion that a scandal in which a number of leading international players were banned for accepting bribes reached British soil.

Hansie Cronje, the South African cricket captain, became one of the sport's villains when, in April 2000, he admitted accepting bribes from gambling syndicates to help to fix matches and individual batting scores. He was banned for life and later died in a plane crash.

Delhi police have requested video footage of South Africa's matches during the 1999 tournament and Cronje's UK bank accounts and telephone records.

Cronje admitted accepting an 8,000 bribe to ensure that his team lost a one-day international against India in Nagpur in March 2000. His opening batsman, Herschelle Gibbs, later admitted that he had agreed to accept 8,000 in exchange for scoring 20 runs or less and was banned for six months.

Last week Gibbs - who is playing for his country again despite his disgrace - was formally questioned by Delhi police and was asked if he knew whether Cronje fixed the matches in Britain.

Gibbs told detectives he did not know but said that Cronje had lied when he told South Africa's King commission into match fixing that he had never approached team-mates to throw a game for cash.

According to Ranjit Narayan, Delhi's joint commissioner, Gibbs said Cronje had approached him to offer 8,000 if he scored no more than 20 runs in the one-day international in Nagpur, and that Cronje had called a team meeting to offer more than 100,000 if they lost a Test match in Bombay in 1996. According to Gibbs, the plan collapsed because players refused to go along with it.

Indian detectives have particular suspicions about South Africa's match against India at Hove in 1999. South Africa won, but the police are sceptical about earpiece microphones and transmitters worn by Cronje and other players. Detectives believe they could have been used to fix the match.

In a letter to be sent via the Home Office, the police refer to the match as a "curious incident" and ask if International Cricket Council officials had raised the issue at the time.
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