`No involvement of Oz player in IPL match fixing`

Updated: Apr 27, 2010, 13:07 PM IST

Sydney: The report about the involvement of a famous Australian cricketer who allegedly helped fix Indian Premier League matches played in South Africa last year has been denied by Indian tax authorities.

Indian tax officials have denied issuing a report naming 27 cricketers, including a "famous Australian", for spot fixing during last year`s IPL.

The story was first carried in a newspaper, which quoted an income tax report as stating, "during IPL, the match fixing and betting racket has scaled new heights".

It added that suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi is apparently deeply embroiled in both generation of black money, money laundering, betting in cricket and accused "Indian cricketers and a captain of one of the teams" in fixing matches.

A newspaper quoted a senior Indian income tax official as saying that no report had been released alleging impropriety on the part of 27 IPL players, pointing out that such a report was outside the department`s remit.

Shane Warne`s management has also strongly denied suggestions that the "famous Australian" mentioned in media reports last Friday was the Rajasthan Royals captain.

A source close to the players, who was in South Africa, confirmed there was plenty of talk about approaches from illegal bookmakers and said there had been "too much smoke" for there not to be some fire.

"There were a lot of rumours, particularly in and around the opening matches in Cape Town," he said.