Probe over cricket match 'pattern'
The International Cricket Council has launched an investigation into Friday's third One-Day International between England and Pakistan at The Oval.
ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat has revealed the match, which Pakistan won by 23 runs, featured "a certain scoring pattern" that warranted further investigation.
The ICC probe has been triggered in response to a report by the Sun newspaper, which claimed today it has evidence that shows bookmakers knew details of the Pakistan innings before the match had begun.
"Following information received by the ICC from a British newspaper and its source, the ICC now believes a full investigation is warranted," an ICC statement read.
Lorgat added: "A source informed The Sun newspaper that a certain scoring pattern would emerge during certain stages of the match and, broadly speaking, that information appeared to be correct.
"We therefore feel it is incumbent upon us to launch a full enquiry into this particular game although it is worth pointing out at this stage that we are not stating as fact that anything untoward has occurred. Only in the fullness of the investigation can that be established.
"We thank The Sun newspaper for its information and cooperation in this regard and we will work with its staff and sources to ensure the full truth surrounding this match is ascertained.
"The ICC maintains a zero-tolerance approach to corruption in cricket and, as a matter of course, follows up on all credible information that is received, whatever the source. Any player or official found guilty of an offence will face the full rigour of our robust Anti-Corruption Code so that we can ensure the integrity of the sport is maintained."