NZ Cricket boss David White speaking to reporters this
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New Zealand Cricket boss David White knows the identity
of the former players under investigation by the sport's anti
However he cannot name the three players understood to be at
the centre of the claims due to the ongoing nature of the
International Cricket Council investigation.
White, speaking at a hastily-arranged press conference before
the third day's play in the opening test between New Zealand
and the West Indies, said NZC are ''shocked and surprised" by
the allegations, which first surfaced in today's New Zealand
Herald relating to match fixing activities in a number of
NZC had been aware the ICC had been investigating the
activities of a ''small number" of former New Zealand
cricketers for several months.
White spelled out key points from NZC's perspective.
''Firstly no current New Zealand players are being
investigated; no games played in New Zealand are being
investigated; and lastly no matches under NZC's jurisdiction
are being investigated," he said.
The ICC's anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU) has been
in New Zealand for several months undertaking its
White said NZC has had meetings with the ACSU. Rather than
NZC providing information to the unit ''they've been updating
us more than anything".
White did not know how long the investigation would last.
Asked how it would reflect on the World Cup, to be co-hosted
by New Zealand and Australia in February 2015, White said:
''Corruption has no place in our sport and we're supporting
"The probe relates to historic games featuring international
stars. It is believed none of the players under investigation
is still playing professionally.
The usual ways of manipulating cricket matches are to concede
runs through deliberate poor bowling or to score slowly while
Normal practice in these circumstances is for a young or
vulnerable player to be "groomed" by a senior player with
links to bookmakers, whose clients stand to gain millions of
Players involved could face bans from cricket ranging from a
few years to life, depending on the level of co-operation
with the ICC.
As laws covering match- and spot-fixing vary from country to
country, it is not known whether any criminal charges could
The ICC's anti-corruption and security unit's Australasian
head, John Rhodes, is involved in the inquiry.
The Herald approached the ICC last night to confirm the
investigation, but a representative said: "The ICC does not
comment on any anti-corruption or ACSU activities taking
"When the official was asked if they could specifically deny
an investigation involving New Zealand players was taking
place, the "we don't comment at all" line was repeated.
The investigation findings are expected to provide sobering
evidence that New Zealanders are likely to have been involved
in the upper reaches of cheating.
The revelations will be a concern for New Zealand Cricket,
and a potential hammer blow as the country prepares to
co-host the 2015 World Cup with Australia.
Although the investigation has concentrated on cricket at a
domestic or franchise level, there is little way of knowing -
without the ICC revealing all its findings - how far some of
the tentacles have extended into the international sphere.
Last year, in a London Sunday Times report, one of Delhi's
most influential bookmakers, Vicky Seth, told an undercover
reporter match-fixing was rife and "will always carry on"
because of the millions of dollars which changed hands after