Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cricket Australia terms Majeed's 'Oz players biggest match-fixers' claim as "outlandish"

Cricket Australia has hit back at the claims against Australian players made by Mazhar Majeed, an agent accused of taking bribes to fix matches, terming them as "very outlandish".

Majeed, 36, told an undercover journalist that Australian cricketers and Pakistan stars were involved in betting scams, Southwark Crown Court was told on Monday.

"The Australians, they are the biggest. They have 10 brackets a game," he said in the tape played to the court hearing the spot-fixing case against the tainted Pakistani trio- Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif- as well as alleged bookmaker Majeed.

"We were very surprised to hear the report this morning," Cricket Australia General Manager Public Affairs Peter Young said in response to the controversial claims made by Majeed.

"We are aware that some very outlandish claims have been made by a person of very dubious repute and they've apparently been replayed to the court," he said.

"We're very conscious of respecting the judicial process and we're very conscious of the importance of not saying anything that might inadvertently compromise that process," he added.

"What we can say is that we are not aware of any evidence and our long standing formal view for well over a decade has been that any credible evidence needs to be pursued and investigated with vigour by the ICC ASCU and that is our position today."

Young said the CA would contact the Dubai-based International Cricket Council (ICC) later today to understand any advice they might have.

"It's important for the sport that the public has the ability to have absolute confidence in the outcome of the game that it watches," he said.

While there is a court proceeding under way, the ICC anti-corruption process continues to work and the CA is pleased about that, he added.

"We do note that the ICC has had an anti-corruption expert scrutinising every single ball that we've bowled and every single ball that we've faced for well over a decade and there has been no suggestion of any concerns about Australian cricket," he pointed out.

"We support that scrutiny, we support that it continues and we support that any credible evidence be pursued with forensic rigour," Young said.

Source: http://in.news.yahoo.com/cricket-australia-terms-majeeds-oz-players-biggest-match-044002089.html

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