ICC clears Pakistan players in link to bookmakers

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“No evidence of any contact”, reports ICC investigation

THE International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) has cleared the Pakistan cricket team of any links to alleged Indian bookmakers who stayed in the same hotel as the team during their tour of Sri Lanka.

An investigation was launched by the ICC following a number of media reports which suggested the bookmakers came into contact with Pakistan players at their hotel in Columbo during the Test series against Sri Lanka.

After a lengthy process the ACSU concluded there was “absolutely no substance to the suggestions” and that “no evidence of any such contact exists.”

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said he was “pleased” that the allegations were untrue, adding: “The ICC and its members have a zero-tolerance approach to corruption and rightly so because the integrity of our great sport with its great spirit is one of its greatest assets.”

Meanwhile Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam rubbished the reports.

“I don’t believe in such rumours, it’s total rubbish,” Intikhab said.

“I have faith in every player of the Pakistan team. We have gone through such situations before.”

Pakistan will be keen to leave Sri Lanka after losing both the Test series (2-0) and One Day series (3-2).

The tour concludes with a Twenty20 international in Colombo on Wednesday.

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