Sports News/Cricket: Pakistan vs India World Cup Semi Final 2011 was fixed claimed a British Newspaper on Sunday March 11, 2012.
According to Newspaper, The International Cricket Council (ICC) is investigating claims that Indian bookmakers are fixing the results of England county games and international fixtures, Britain’s Sunday Times reported.
The newspaper said it had uncovered evidence that tens of thousands of pounds (dollars) was on offer to players to throw part or all of international matches, including last year’s World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan.
It cited one Delhi bookmaker boasting that English county cricket was also a “good new market”, as it involved “low-profile matches and nobody monitors them. That’s why good money can be made there without any hassle”.
According to the report, batsmen can earn up to £44,000 ($69,000) for slow scoring and bowlers can earn £50,000 ($78,000) for conceding runs in set patterns, with £750,000 ($1.2 million) on the table for a player or official who can guarantee the outcome of a match.
The paper’s undercover reporters cite fixers as saying they had recruited players from countries including England with the help of a Bollywood actress in a honeytrap.
The allegations come just weeks after former Essex bowler Mervyn Westfield became the first English cricketer to be jailed for corruption after admitting accepting money to fix a match against Durham in September 2009.
The amnesty allowed them to report past approaches without fear of punishment. It is usually against ECB regulations not to report any alleged corruption within the sport.