ICC probes Hong Kong team, confident of clean World T20

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Cricket’s world governing body the ICC said on Monday that its anti-corruption unit was probing the Hong Kong team but ruled out any match-fixing angle to its investigation.

A day after ICC anti-corruption unit head Ronnie Flanagan revealed the case in Mumbai, the ruling body’s chief executive Dave Richardson provided more details.

“In recent times you would have read in the media that a particular player was suspended from his country and the investigations relate to the same team,” Richardson told reporters.

Hong Kong cricketer Irfan Ahmed was charged in January for failing to report an approach by an alleged match fixer.

Hong Kong cricketer Irfan Ahmed was charged in January for failing to report an approach by an alleged match fixer. (Getty Image)

 The governing body announced in January that Hong Kong all-rounder Irfan Ahmed had been suspended and charged with failing to disclose an approach from an individual.
ICC chief executive Dave Richardson believes the World T20 will be a "clean" tournament. (Francois Nel/ Getty Images)
ICC chief executive Dave Richardson believes the World T20 will be a “clean” tournament. (Francois Nel/Getty Images)

“We should not speculate that it involves or there’s any match-fixing or anything going on with particular players or a particular teams,” Richardson said.

“Often we get our intelligence from players reporting various approaches that corrupt people make to them.”

Hong Kong play the first match of the World Twenty20 on Tuesday against Zimbabwe in first-round Group B which also includes Afghanistan and Scotland.

The pool winners will go into Super 10 Group 1 with England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies. (stuff.co.nz)

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