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ICC probing former NZ cricketers

Calcutta: Some former New Zealand cricketers are being investigated by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), both the ICC and New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have confirmed.

Late on Wednesday (early hours of Thursday in New Zealand), the NZC put out a press release saying: “NZC is aware the ICC is investigating a small number of former New Zealand cricketers… As this is an ICC investigation, unfortunately NZC is not able to comment further.”

The ICC, too, refused to divulge details.

“…The ICC confirms that it has indeed been working closely over the past few months with its colleagues in the domestic anti-corruption units of member boards to investigate these and related matters… Naturally, as the investigation remains ongoing and nobody has been charged with any offence, no further comment will be made by the ICC or by NZC,” the ICC said in a statement.

According to a report in The New Zealand Herald, an ACSU unit had been in the country for four months as part of an investigation into match and spot-fixing. “It’s a difficult situation,” NZC chief executive David White was quoted by the paper as saying. The report said that three former players are involved.