ICC investigating Hong Kong


International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Dave Richardson has confirmed Hong Kong are being investigated by the governing body's anti-corruption unit on the eve of their World Twenty20 opener against Zimbabwe.

Ronnie Flanagan, chairman of the ICC anti-corruption unit, on Sunday revealed his team had foiled spot-fixing plans involving an international side.

Flanagan said he was unable to provide specific details of case, but Richardson named Hong Kong as the team in question two months after all-rounder Irfan Ahmed was suspended by the ICC for failing to report an illegal approach from an individual.

"In recent times you would have read in the media that a particular player was suspended from his country and the investigations relate to the same team," said Richardson.

"[Flanagan] said one of the teams was under investigation. We need to take that in perspective. We shouldn't speculate that it involves any match-fixing or spot-fixing with any particular players or particular team. An investigation will resolve it.

"We are now finding that the corruptors are now focused on associate members, women's teams et cetera et cetera. So we have got to make sure the players from all the teams are very well educated, understand their responsibilities and would not get involved.

"Unfortunately, this is the world we are living. There are corrupt people all over the world, trying their best to get hold of players."

Richardson added that he expects the World T20 in India to pass without being affected by a corruption scandal.

"I'm very confident that we'll have a clean tournament," he said.

"I know that our anti-corruption unit has been working hand-in-hand with the law enforcement agencies and the police in India to make sure that any information is shared.

"I'm very confident that the matches will be played in the correct spirit."

Hong Kong face Afghanistan and Scotland in qualifying this week after taking on Zimbabwe in Nagpur on Tuesday as they aim to qualify for the Super 10 stage.