No match-fixing, Oz won Sydney Test on merit: ICC
Melbourne: The ICC has stopped investigating the Australia-Pakistan Sydney Test after finding no evidence of match-fixing, a Cricket Australia spokesman said.
The Test, which Pakistan lost from an advantageous position, was under the scanner as the then coaches Initkhab Alam and Aqib Javed suspected match-fixing by their players, particularly stumper Kamran Akmal.
According to media reports, the ICC`s Anti Corruption and Security Unit head Paul Condon, who was looking into the match-fixing claims, has given a clean chit to Pakistan.
Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland had sought information from the ICC when Condon revealed last week that they were investigating the Test.
"The ICC has replied, saying it has seen no evidence of match-fixing and that there is no current investigation of match-fixing," CA spokesman Peter Young was quoted as saying.
"Haroon Lorgat has assured James Sutherland that Australia won the match on its merits. Lord Condon found evidence of a demoralised team and warned that cricket authorities needed to be extra vigilant," Young added.
Pakistan on that ill-fated tour were whitewashed by Australia as they lost the Test and ODI series and also a Twenty20 international.
The disastrous outcome led to the Pakistan Cricket Board forming an enquiry committee to probe the national team`s failure Down Under.
Appearing before the committee, Alam and Javed suspected match fixing. The Committee recommended bans and fines on seven players, including Mohammed Yousuf and Younis Khan for alleged indiscipline.
The proceedings of the committee were recently leaked and created a stir as Alam and Javed suspected match-fixing apart from revealing the politics and infighting in the team.