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Old 03-Nov-2011
Harpreet Seehra
Previous Match-Fixing Controversies

Gambling controversies have cast a shadow over cricket for many years. Here we look at some previous high-profile examples.
The problem seemed to have halted after the International Cricket Council set up an Anti Corruption and Security Unit in 2000.
However former Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif were found guilty on Tuesday of a match-fixing plot during last year's tour of England.
Some famous match-fixing controversies:
Mark Waugh/Shane Warne
Waugh and Warne were questioned after being given money by 'John the bookmaker' for information on pitch and weather conditions. The players received fines from the Australian Cricket Board after an independent inquiry by Rob O'Regan QC concluded the duo was not fully informed of the dangers of interacting with bookmakers. They were warned that future misdemeanours could result in bans.
Saleem Malik
Match-fixing accusations surrounded Malik for much of his career. After captaining Pakistan on their tours of South Africa and Zimbabwe, he was suspended pending an inquiry into bribery. Initially he was cleared but, after playing his last Test in January 1999, he, along with medium-pacer Ata-ur-Rehman, became the first players to be banned for match fixing. Their punishments were eventually overturned.
Hansie Cronje
In what is undoubtedly the most famous case of its kind, South Africa captain Hansie Cronje was given a lifetime ban from playing or coaching cricket after admitting he had received a sum of money from a London bookmaker to 'forecast results'. It emerged that he offered players, such as Herschelle Gibbs, money to perform poorly. After unsuccessfully challenging his penalty in September 2001, Cronje died in a plane crash the following year.
Mohammad Azharuddin
Azharuddin's match-fixing exploits came to light when Cronje indicated the former India captain was the person who introduced him to the bookmakers. The Central Bureau of Investigation's report into the Cronje affair then claimed Azharuddin had "contributed substantially towards the expanding bookie/player nexus in Indian cricket", before the batsman admitted fixing three ODIs. He was banned for life, thus finishing his career on 99 Tests.
Marlon Samuels
West Indies batsman Samuels received a two-year ban in 2008 after being found guilty of "receiving money, or benefit or other reward that could bring him or the game of cricket into disrepute". Indian police alleged that he passed on team information to a known bookmaker.

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