ICC clueless when it comes to spot-fixing: Cronje bookmaker

Last Updated: Nov 06, 2011, 14:19 PM IST

London: The bookmaker who had contacted former South African captain Hansie Cronje to fix a Test match against England reckons that the International Cricket Council (ICC) is clueless when it comes to spot-fixing.

Marlon Aronstam now works in horse racing, but claims that he has seen enough in cricket to suggest that fixing remains rife.

“The game is still crook. The ICC anti-corruption unit are a bunch of idiots who employ people who don’t know what they are looking for,” the Sun quoted Marlon Aronstam, as saying.

“They need people to look at strange incidents during a game and ask why they are happening,” he added.

Aronstam also insists that Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were lured into the fixing world because of their poor pay package.

“I think a team like England are whiter-than-white today, because their salaries have been increased. You compare that to what a Pakistan player earns. The TV rights when they play cricket are worth so much in India, and yet the players themselves are paid peanuts,” he said.

“Get that part fixed and with an international board that knows what they are looking for, the problem will start to disappear. And when things occur in a match that don``t look right, you can then ask the player why they occurred,” he added.

ANI