Ganguly brushes aside match-fixing claims

Updated: 12 March 2012 20:01 IST

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly found little substance in the report published in a British newspaper about the World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan being fixed.

New Delhi:

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly found little substance in the report published in a British newspaper about the World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan being fixed.

"I don't know how they have got the information but let me tell (you) that India are world champions and nobody can take that away from us," Ganguly told reporters here on Monday.

The BCCI has declined to comment on the unsubstantiated newspaper report that claimed that last year's World Cup semi-final match was rigged.

The 'Sunday Times' newspaper carried out a sting operation on a Delhi-based bookie, who claimed that Indian bookmakers are fixing the results of England county games and international fixtures and they are using a Bollywood actress as a honey trap to recruit players. The report also alleged that India's semi-final match in last year's World Cup was rigged.

The ICC is said to have launched an inquiry into the report, which suggested that bookmakers offer thousands of pounds to the players. About 44,000 pounds to batsmen for slow scoring, 50,000 pounds for bowlers who concede runs and 750,000 pounds for a player or official who can guarantee a match outcome.

Just a few weeks ago former Essex bowler Mervyn Westfield became the first English cricketer to be jailed for corruption after he admitted taking money to fix a match against Durham in September 2009.

Last year, three Pakistan players - Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir - were jailed in Britain for 'spot-fixing' in a 2010 Test match against England.

Topics : Cricket India Pakistan Harbhajan Singh Tillakaratne Dilshan Sourav Ganguly
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