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Sunday, 23 April, 2000, 13:19 GMT 14:19 UK
Bacher to reveal 'fixed' matches
Ali Bacher
Bacher: Taking moves to stamp out corruption
South African cricket chief Ali Bacher says he will wait until next week's International Cricket Council meeting in London before revealing which World Cup matches he believes were fixed .

Meanwhile, the United Cricket Board of South Africa has made its senior players sign new anti-corruption contracts that require them to disclose any approaches by bookmakers.

This is a massive international sport crisis. It could be the biggest sports crisis in decades

Ali Bacher

Speaking about his allegations that two matches in last year's World Cup were fixed, Bacher told the Johannesburg Sunday Independent newspaper: "There'll be an opportunity in London behind closed doors on Tuesday week for an honest and open discussion on the issue."

ICC president Jagmohan Dalmiya has made it clear he expects a retraction of the South African supremo's allegations.

"Otherwise he will have to explain why he went public with his allegation," he said.

Afrikaans Sunday newspaper Rappor reported Bacher had already moved to stamp out corruption in the South African game.
Hansie Cronje
Cronje: Voice samples wanted

The newspaper said every senior player had been called in to sign new contracts aimed at preventing a repeat of the match-prediction scandal that forced the resignation of captain Hansie Cronje.

"This is a massive international sport crisis," Bacher told Rapport.

"It could be the biggest sports crisis in decades."

"We must nip it in the bud. We must root out this evil. In the long term it will not be good for the sport."

In a new development in the Cronje case, the Johannesburg Sunday Times said Interpol would be visiting the disgraced former skipper to obtain a sample of his voice.

His voice samples will be matched to the voice on the tapes to see if they are one and the same

KK Paul, Delhi police

Indian police, who first brought charges of match-fixing against Cronje in early April, are understood to have audio tapes of what they say is the player discussing fixing with an Indian bookmaker.

Delhi police commissioner KK Paul told the paper: "His voice samples will be matched to the voice on the tapes to see if they are one and the same.

"We will have to take the necessary legal steps if he refuses to comply with our request."

Paul also reportedly asked Interpol to establish if Cronje has a bank account in London, where one of the Indian businessmen indicted in the case is still believed to be living.

"We would like to know what the status of the account is," said Paul.

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