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FEATURE: Fresh scandals haunt cricket as tennis reels

AFP, NEW DELHI

Although the council and national bodies have worked hard to tackle fixing, some experts say the sport’s governing body needs powers akin to a worldwide crime agency such as Interpol to halt the scourge.

“The ICC’s anti-corruption unit is hampered by limited mandate and powers,” New Delhi-based cricket writer and author Pradeep Magazine said.

“There are enough reports to suggest that the nexus between the bookies and players could be much bigger than thought, but you need a thorough police investigation to get to the bottom of it all,” said Magazine, whose book Not Quite Cricket details bookmakers’ influence on the game.

India, cricket’s financial powerhouse, which accounts for more than half of the game’s global revenues, has long been mired in spot and match-fixing allegations. India’s investigations into fixing date back to the explosive scandal of 2000 that ensnared three Test captains — South Africa’s Hansie Cronje, Mohammed Azharuddin of India and Pakistan’s Salim Malik — who all received life bans from the game.

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