Kiwi players approached by match-fixer

Updated: Apr 17, 2011, 15:37 PM IST

Wellington: New Zealand Cricket have reportedly tipped off the ICC`s anti-corruption unit about possible match-fixing, according to chief executive Justin Vaughan.

The alleged match-fixing episode is said to have taken place at an international tournament after players were wined and dined by a suspicious businessman.

The New Zealand team at last year`s Hong Kong Sixes tournament - which featured Daryl Tuffey, Nathan McCullum and Scott Styris - ate with a man, reputedly a Middle East-based diamond dealer, who was already on the anti-corruption unit`s watch list.

According to a website, at the time they had no idea of the man`s identity, but became suspicious when he offered them discounted gems and other benefits.

Team manager Steve Wilkins told NZC of the approach, and they in turn tipped off the anti-corruption and security unit, chief executive Justin Vaughan said last night.

The players were questioned by the unit, which is led by former top UK policeman Sir Ronnie Flanagan, but were never under suspicion of match-fixing and told investigators they hadn`t been asked to do anything illicit.

Until now, the unit had not monitored the tournament, which is effectively a privately run festival event but has the ICC`s sanction, but they now plan an active presence there.

Bureau Report