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International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson has announced that the global cricketing body will “urgently investigate” how New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum’s testimony against match-fixing got leaked to the press.
Richardson also confirmed that McCullum was not being investigated and added that he should instead be lauded for his actions.
McCullum told the ICC that he was approached during the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008 and during New Zealand’s tour of England the very same year.
He also noted that he was offered up to $180,000 to underperform in matches.
“Obviously the ICC considers any leak of any kind of information to be an extremely serious matter,” Richardson said. “Particularly, as in this instance, when the nature of the information that has found its way to the media is highly confidential and has been provided in tightly controlled circumstances by individuals to the ACSU as part of ongoing investigations.
“We are taking all steps available to us to urgently investigate how certain information in the form of statements has come to find its way into the media, so that we can provide reassurances to the stakeholders within the sport so that they can continue to place their trust in the hands of the ACSU and the anti-corruption units of the respective member boards in protecting the integrity of the sport.
“We wish to emphasise that Brendon McCullum is not under investigation in this matter. Whilst we have privately offered our full support to Brendon, we do so now publicly not only to confirm that, by assisting with the ACSU’s enquiries, he has acted quite properly in accordance with his responsibilities as a professional cricketer, but also correct any misperception that he is somehow under suspicion. He is to be commended for his actions and we deeply regret that aspects of his statement are now in the public domain.”