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Former spinner Tim May
"There were two instances where members of the Australian side were approached"
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Monday, 22 May, 2000, 10:26 GMT 11:26 UK
Aussies probe new Malik claims
Salim Malik playing for Pakistan
Salim Malik: Now retired from the international scene
The Australian Cricket Board is to appoint a special investigator to look into new match fixing claims concerning the national side.

It follows a report in England's News of the World in which former Pakistan captain Salim Malik was said to have claimed that a match against Australia in 1994 had been a double fix with both sides trying to lose.

"Before jumping to conclusions we must determine if the comments are simply the idle boasts of a man devoid of credibility who is seeking to impress others, or if there is any evidence to support his comments," said Speed.

"Assuming the newspaper reports are accurate, the allegations raised are very serious."

Criticism

The ACB's tough line follows criticism in 1998 when it failed to ban Shane Warne and Mark Waugh for supplying weather and pitch information to an Indian bookmaker.


Shane Warne
Warne - Fined for pitch information
The incident happened four years earlier during a tour of Sri Lanka and the pair were subsequently fined.

The latest allegations come just a month after the International Cricket Council announced tough new measures aimed at eliminating corruption which has tarnished the game's image.

They include the setting up of an independent Corruption Investigation group and life bans for any players or officials found guilty of match fixing or betting offences.

But former Test off-spinner Tim May, now head of the Australian Cricketers' Association, has warned that he is considering legal action over the latest claims.

"It's very important that your reputaion remains intact. I'm fully aware of that and I say that with a very clean conscience," he said.

Revelation

Cricket has again been under the microscope since former South African captain Hansie Cronje admitted receiving money from a bookmaker to provide information.

The International Cricket Council is awaiting a report from Pakistan following a judicial inquiry into allegations of corruption against players, including Malik.

South Africa has, meanwhile, launched its own investigation and has asked Indian police to release tapes of an alleged telephone conversation between Cronje and the bookmaker.

British newspapers, meanwhile, reported on Monday on moves to establish a strict anti-betting code in the English game.

Professional Cricketers' Association chief David Graveney, also the chairman of the England selection panel, was said to be drawing up the code with Gerard Elias, the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board's disciplinary committee.

"The game must not just be clean, but be seen to be clean," Graveney was quoted as saying.

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