London: Cricket Kenya have confirmed that the International Cricket Council (ICC) has launched an investigation into alleged spot-fixing by a Kenya player during a 2011 World Cup pool match against Pakistan. Kenya bowled a record-equaling 37 wides in that match in Hambantota en route to a 205-run hammering.
Tom Sears, the Cricket Kenya chief executive, told Press Association Sport that his body was aware of an investigation into the alleged fixing. "We have been told to refer all enquiries to the ICC, we are in contact with them and are aware that there is an investigation," he said. "Apart from that we can't say much more other than we will co-operate fully with the ICC over this."
The ICC, however, chose not to comment. "This is a matter for the (ICC's) Anti-Corruption Unit and is not something that we would comment on as a matter of policy,” said an ICC spokesperson.
The Kenyan cricket chief said that the suspected Kenyan player has not been suspended but is under investigation by the ICC.
Kenya fared poorly in the 2011 World Cup, failing to win a single Group A match. Following their dismal performance, Cricket Kenya launched a stern review of the team’s performance which resulted in several senior players not being offered new contracts.