You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Michael Clarke 'extremely confident' no Australian cricketers involved in spot-fixing

Canberra Times logo Canberra Times 21/05/2014 Chris Barrett
Extremely confident: Michael Clarke holds no fears over Australian cricketers being involved in spot fixing. © Getty Images Extremely confident: Michael Clarke holds no fears over Australian cricketers being involved in spot fixing.

Test captain Michael Clarke says he is ‘‘extremely confident’’ that no Australian players have been tempted to engage in spot-fixing, imploring supporters of the game not to tar all cricketers with the same brush because of the actions of a few.

Hours after the International Cricket Council instigated an inquiry into how the testimony of New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum to a match-fixing investigation was splashed over the British press, Clarke said he supported the world governing body’s drive to stamp out corruption among players.

According to McCullum’s evidence, reported by the Daily Mail, the Black Caps captain, said he was twice approached in 2008, in India and in England, but rejected the offers made by someone he called a ‘‘hero who became a friend,’’ an individual who is being referred to as ‘Player X’.

ICC chief executive chief executive David Richardson expressed regret that McCullum’s sworn three-page statement to the body’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit had been made public, emphasising the 32-year-old is not under investigation.

But former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent has reportedly admitted to fixing matches for Player X in testimony to ACSU detectives that was also leaked to media in Britain.

New Zealand great Chris Cairns has since publicly acknowledged suggestions he is Player X but vehemently denies allegations of fixing and says he will clear his name.

Cricket Australia was told that no Australian players, or matches or teams in which they were involved, are part of the investigation and Clarke said on Wednesday he felt assured that the education policies in place for players here meant none would be tied up in wrongdoing.

‘‘I’m extremely confident about the players that I’ve played with. For this Australian team they all know very clearly that there is no room for corruption in our team,’’ Clarke said at a function in Sydney hosted by CA sponsor Hardys wine.

‘‘A big part of our job is to uphold the integrity of our sport and I think we do that well. These days you get educated from a very young age. Once you come into the first-class system, even on a rookie contract, so for some guys it starts at 16 years of age. I think the educational process that Australian cricketers go through is extremely thorough - we know the differences between right and wrong and what is accepted and what isn’t.

‘‘I’m very happy, satisfied and confident the Australian players are making the right decisions.’’

In the latest leaked testimony, Vincent’s ex-wife Elly Riley reportedly alleges that Cairns’ efforts to get her husband involved in fixing games began at the Indian Cricket League in 2008 and continued on to County cricket in England.

Asked about the allegations against Vincent and Cairns, Clarke said he did not want to discuss ‘‘individual people’’ but implored followers of cricket not to cynical about the sport in the wake of the latest scandal.

‘‘Everybody involved in the game is disappointed that things like this happen,’’ Clarke said. ‘‘[But] I don’t think we should be tarring all the players with the same brush as well. What we’ve seen of late it’s a minority that we’re dealing with in these type of issues. I’d be disappointed if the supporters and the fans of cricket think that this is happening a lot more than it is.’’

Fast bowler Ryan Harris said that corruption damaged the credibility of cricket.

‘‘That's something that as players we take personally, because every time we go out as an Australian cricket, and I know a lot of other teams do as well, they go out to win,’’ Harris said.

‘‘Unfortunately there's been a couple of instances that have damaged our game, and I know the ICC are doing a very good job and so are Cricket Australia to try to stamp that out."


More From Canberra Times

Canberra Times
Canberra Times
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon