21st November, 2011
International Players Unionâ€™s boss Tim May has called on former anti-corruption chief Lord Condon to prove claims that â€œevery international teamâ€ manipulated cricket match results at some stage in the late 1990s.
Lord Condon, who set up the International Cricket Councilâ€™s anti-corrpution unit in 2001 and chaired it for a decade, told Londonâ€™s Evening Standard newspaper this week that â€œevery international team, at some stage, had someone doing some funny stuff.â€
May reacted angrily, calling on Lord Condon to provide evidence or withdraw his allegation.
The Australian told reporters â€œplayer associations are getting sick and tired of people coming out making these general accusations, the effect of which cast doubts over the entire player base.â€
â€œYou have to ask the question if the ICC knew such facts and had such information, why was there no retrospective action taken by the ICC or the individual Boards?â€ May said.
He said Lord Condon had tarred the reputation of a whole generation of cricketers in the late 1990s by saying â€œwhen they look back on their careers, a bit of shame must creep in.â€
â€œTo suggest that a whole generation of cricketers knew what was going on is clearly without any foundation. I can readily agree with (Lord Condon) in one regard – his belief that players should be more closely involved by the ICC in the search for solutions,â€ said May.
Pakistan players Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were jailed at Londonâ€™s Southwark Crown Court earlier this month for their part in fixing elements of the August 2010 test match against England at Lordâ€™s.