|Following fears that some Pakistan players may have ‘under performed’ in a couple of one day tournaments in 2002, and that the spectre of match fixing may still hang over international cricket, the ICC has decided to send three anti-corruption officials, as well as am undisclosed number of ‘secrets agents’ in order to root out evil doers.|
Cricket Board spokesman Sami-ul Hasan said on Thursday that in addition to retired Pakistani Army Colonel Qaza Noor, a security official from India and Australia would keep a close watch during the series.
The Nation newspaper has reported that shadowy bookies and suspected match-fixers have extended their network from Asia to Europe, Africa and USA. An unnamed source is quoted as saying:
'Despite a number of steps taken by the ICC, no one can remove match-fixing totally; and still many bookies are involved in the million dollars game. Karachi is working as the Pakistani headquarter of this network and some moneychangers and prize bond dealers reportedly work for the match fixers. Lahore is also a major location for these people and various hotels in Lahore, Karachi, Rawalpindi and Islamabad are used for big deals during the matches.'