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Tuesday, December 8, 1998 Published at 22:34 GMT

Sport: Cricket

Aussie stars 'secretly' fined

The Australian Cricket Board - ready to name names

The Australian Cricket Board has revealed that two leading players were secretly fined for accepting money from a bookmaker during their controversial 1994 tour of Pakistan.

The Board has not formally identified the players involved, but they will be present at a press conference about the matter in Adelaide on Wednesday.

Chief executive Mal Speed told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio: "They're two current players. They're both still promiment members of the Australian team."

The players were each fined 2,500 Australian dollars.

Former Test batsman David Hookes claims the pair supplied weather and pitch reports to an Indian bookmaker in exchange for money.

The Pakistan authorities are still investigating allegations of bribery made against former captain Salim Malik by Australian Test players Shane Warne, Mark Waugh and Tim May.

Judge Malik Mohammad Qayyum has heard evidence from more than 40 witnesses, including Waugh, and is expected to submit his final report within the next fortnight.

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