LONDON, OCT 9. About 250 million dollars are bet on every one-day
cricket international, the head of the
sport's world governing body, Malcolm Gray, said on Monday.
International Cricket Council (ICC) president Gray told reporters at
the launch of the ICC's new logo at Lord's
that the figure had been established after investigations by its
Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).
The unit was set up last year after former South Africa captain Hansie
Cronje admitted to taking money from
bookmakers. Cronje and two other former international captains, Salim
Malik (Pakistan) and Mohammad
Azharuddin (India), were subsequently banned for life.``The
Anti-Corruption Unit estimated $250 million are bet
on every one-day international with similar amounts on Test matches,''
Asked if the corruption scandal had affected sponsors' perception of
cricket, Gray replied: ``Obviously yes. That
was a great concern 16 months ago when it broke.''ICC Chief Executive,
Malcolm Speed said it was realistic to
realise that betting on cricket matches would continue.``With regret we
know that the same bookmakers and
gamblers who have corrupted cricketers in the past remain
operational,'' he said.
Speed said ACU head, Paul Condon, had stated that the ICC had
successfully suppressed corruption.
``What he is unable to say at present is that we have defeated it,'' he
said. ``But we are determined to do so and
put in place a system that will ensure that no player, umpire or
administrator can be in any doubt about what is
expected of him by the game.''
Sri Lanka has withdrawn from a one-day series in Pakistan while the
West Indies has postponed a decision on
whether or nor it will fulfil its tour obligations early next year.