11 Oct 2011

Cricket Australia dismisses match fixing claims

5:49 pm on 11 October 2011

Claims of Australian player involvement in match fixing appear baseless and outlandish says Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland.

Sutherland says Australian players have unfairly maligned by the claims, made in a London court.

The claims surfaced as Mazher Mahmood, a former journalist for the now-defunct News of the World, gave evidence at the spot fixing trial of ex-Pakistan cricket captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif.

Agent Mazhar Majeed, who's accused of taking bribes to fix matches, said on a covert recording that Australian and Pakistan players were involved in betting scams.

The jury was played recordings of meetings between the pair with the journalist posing as a rich Indian businessman seeking major international players for a tournament.

Sutherland says he has serious doubts over both Majeed's integrity and the allegations appear to be outlandish and made by a person of dubious repute.

He says he will contact the International Cricket Council about the allegations, and Cricket Australia would vigorously investigate if there was any credible evidence.