A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Kenya confirms player investigation

Neither Kenya nor the ICC have given any details about the ongoing investigation

Cricket Kenya’s chief executive, Tom Sears has confirmed that a match-fixing investigation has been launched by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on one of the country’s national players.

The ICC are particularly suspicious about the pool match between Kenya and Pakistan in Hambantota in the 2011 World Cup, where 37 wides, which is equal to the record in ODIs, were bowled by the African nation en route to their 205 run thrashing.

Sears, refused to reveal any more details about the investigation when asked by reporters, but told Press Association sport that “We have been told to refer all enquiries to the ICC, we are in contact with them and are aware that there is an investigation, apart from that we can’t say much more other than we will co-operate fully with the ICC over this.”

The ICC also refused to release any details on the investigation, and said: “This is a matter for the (ICC’s) Anti-Corruption Unit and is not something that we would comment on as a matter of policy.”

Kenya, who were placed in Group A in last year’s World Cup failed to record a single victory as they lost all six of their pool matches.

Match-fixing has played a huge part in cricket in the past couple of years, with the most notable being the trio of Pakistan players who were paid money to bowl no-balls against England in 2010.

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt, was jailed for two and a half years, while pace bowling duo Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif have both been released after serving three and six months respectively.

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