13 Mar 2012

Coach says match fix claims won't disrupt second test buildup

7:09 pm on 13 March 2012

The Black Caps coach John Wright is confident allegations that New Zealand cricketers were involved in match fixing, won't disrupt their build to the second test against South Africa.

The English newspaper the Sunday Times says its reporters infiltrated a network of bookmakers and filmed meetings with people who boasted of recruiting players, including some from New Zealand, who were willing to fix matches.

Wright says he's confident of the integrity of his players and that the report is unsubstantiated.

He says its the nature of the environment that the players now operate in and with many involved in competition such as the IPL in India, they're used to the rumour and headlines that circulate.

The second test starts in Hamilton on Thursday.

Meanwhile the International Cricket Council has also dismissed a Sunday Times report that it's investigating match-fixing during last year's World Cup semi final between India and Pakistan.

The ICC's chief executive Haroon Lorgat says the article is baseless and misleading and that the ICC has no reason or evidence for such an investigation.