ACU Set to investigate allegations of fixing offer to Zimbabwe captain Cremer

ACU Set to investigate allegations of fixing offer to Zimbabwe captain Cremer

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International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed that their Anti Corruption Unit are currently investigating into the incident that took place during the recently concluded Zimbabwe- West Indies test series.There have been reports in the local Zimbabwe papers that their skipper Graeme Creme has rebuffed an offer to fix some aspects in their test series against West Indies last month.

“While we do not comment on the specifics of ACU investigations while they are underway, I can confirm that an investigation is underway in Zimbabwe,” an ICC spokesperson said.

According to the report from Cricbuzz,  the skipper was approached by a former board member in Zimbabwe Cricket before the start of the test series. However, on the contrary to the reports earlier, no specific amount was offered to the player to influence the game.

Having been contacted, Cremer immediately reported the incident to head coach Heath Streak. The Zimbabwe coach then escalated the matter to Zimbabwe Cricket Board which then got elevated to ICC.

Fixing allegations are becoming frequent over the past month as it is not the only time this has happened in recent times. Last month, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was contacted by an unknown person during the ODI series against Sri Lanka.

A similar incident has taken place in India, where curator Pandurang Salgaoncar was caught in a sting operation held by a local TV channel. ACU are currently investigating about this issue that happened in Pune ahead of the second ODI between India and New Zealand.

Fixing is a disease to the game as it takes out the spirit in the sport and corruption should be curbed in cricket. Earlier this year, six Pakistan players were alleged to have fixed the games in the initial phases of Pakistan Super League.

ICC should take a stricter stand and levy extreme punishments on players or officials who are playing an active role in influencing the games.

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