Three former New Zealand cricketers are under investigation by the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) over allegations of match-fixing.
Following a report by New Zealand newspaper The Herald, which alleged that a small number of former New Zealand cricketers had engaged in fixing activity in historic cricket matches, the ICC confirmed that it has been working closely over the past few months with its colleagues in the domestic anti-corruption units of member boards to investigate the matter.
“The ICC and all of its Members maintain a zero-tolerance attitude towards corruption in the sport, and the ACSU will continue to collaborate with relevant individuals in order to complete its investigation process,” said the ICC in a statement Wednesday.
The newspaper named three former New Zealand cricketers who are under investigation – Chris Cairns, Daryl Tuffey and Lou Vincent.
In response, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) CEO David White said he was aware that the ICC was investigating a small number of former New Zealand cricketers.
“We have been aware of this investigation for a number of months and we are shocked and surprised by the allegations,” said White. “We support the ICC’s investigation as corruption has no place in our sport.
“However, I would like to clarify a number of matters. Firstly, no current New Zealand players are being investigated. No games played in New Zealand are being investigated. And lastly, no matches under New Zealand Cricket’s jurisdiction are being investigated.”