Angry Lorgat blasts ‘match-fix’ claims


AHMEDABAD – International Cricket Council chief Haroon Lorgat on Wednesday blasted media allegations that the World Cup match between Australia and Zimbabwe was under investigation for match-fixing. The Times of India claimed on Tuesday that the February 21 match in Ahmedabad was being probed by the ICC’s anti-corruption body. “The article…can only be described as fictional,” said Lorgat. “We do not comment on the activities of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) and for good reason.
“However, after several misleading and downright false stories appearing in recent weeks it is time for us to show our displeasure and expose those responsible for affecting the integrity of the media. “To uphold the integrity of the media I expect the Times of India to retract such baseless stories.” Australia had already dismissed as “laughable” claims that the ICC was investigating the match.
ICC reassures security to Pakistan: Pakistan will play their World Cup semi-final in India, the confirmed. ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat insisted on Wednesday that the schedule remains unchanged. “I just want to confirm the venues for semi-finals,” he said. “Pakistan v West Indies (quarter-final) in Bangladesh and India v Australia here on Thursday, the winners will go on to meet in Mohali on March 30. “New Zealand v South Africa and Sri Lanka v England, the winners will play in Colombo on March 29. That will not change.” The South African added the ICC would do their best to “expedite visa issues” should Pakistan qualify for the semi-finals.