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Cricket Australia says match fixing claims unreliable

10-11-2011 15:18 BJT

MELBOURNE, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Cricket Australia (CA) on Tuesday described claims that Australian cricketers are the biggest culprits in match fixing are "outlandish".

Sports agent Mazhar Majeed was covertly taped making the claim during a conversation with an undercover journalist. The tape was played in Southwark Crown Court in London of Britain at the corruption trial of former Pakistan captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif.

CA chief executive James Sutherland said he had serious doubts over both Majeed's integrity and the allegations, and it was a shame that Australian cricketers had been "unfairly maligned" by a person of "dubious repute".

"These are comments or allegations that would appear to be outlandish and were made by a person of dubious repute," Sutherland told reporters in Melbourne. "These would appear to be baseless allegations."

Australian Cricketers' Association chief executive Paul Marsh agreed, saying that Majeed was unreliable and his evidence should be considered in context.

"I don't think he's got a lot of credibility, he's a match fixer and he's trying to sell his business," Marsh told reporters in Melbourne.

"I found it very interesting that he was prepared to name the names of some Pakistani players but no Australian players.

"Our players are paid very well, they're educated very well, and I think our guys understand the consequences of getting involved here in this space; it's just not in the Australian culture."

Sutherland said he would contact the International Cricket Council to seek clarification on the issue.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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