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  Wednesday, 1 November, 2000, 19:55 GMT
Reeve: Forecasting is not fixing
Dermot Reeve toured with England in 1992
Reeve: Difference between match-fixing and forecasting
Former England all-rounder Dermot Reeve has insisted there is a clear distinction between match forecasting and match-fixing.

Reeve was part of the England squad which toured India in 1992-3 during which Alec Stewart is alleged to have received 5000 from bookmakers after giving information on weather and pitch conditions.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: "As far as I'm aware, Alec hasn't actually admitted to taking any money for what you would call match forecasting, not match fixing.

"If I was on a tour of India and someone had come up to me and said 'I just want to phone you up and get a weather forecast when you're up in Gwailor because I'll be in Delhi and that will help me set my odds', that is so different, that is completely different to match-fixing.

"I said when this (match forecasting) came out with Shane Warne and Mark Waugh, there is an enormous difference between the two."


In life, it's OK to accept money for your services, that's not match-fixing.
Dermot Reeve

But Reeve stressed he was never approached by any bookmakers to give any information during the tour, although he admitted to receiving a ring after visiting a jewellery shop.

Approached

"I wasn't approached to give anything, I don't know if any of the other players were, but people do come up to you all the time and ask you what the pitch looks like.

"I remember on that tour, I was asked to go along to a jewellery shop with a few of the players for a photograph.

"He actually gave us a ring as his way of saying thanks. It's like an endorsement, they want to say so-and-so uses our products.

"In life, it's OK to accept money for your services, that's not match-fixing. It's nothing detrimental to the side while you are on tour."

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