International Cricket Council Says No Evidence Of Corruption In Committee Election
The Int'l Cricket Council conceded Friday there was "confusion" in a vote for a place on one of its committees, according to the AP. The election has raised allegations of vote fixing and led the int'l players' association "to formally request an ethics committee investigation." Cricket's governing body said a re-vote had to be taken in the process to choose player representatives, "but it had no evidence that some countries put pressure on their captains to back Indian candidate Laxman Sivaramakrishnan for a place on the ICC's Cricket Committee because of the influence of the powerful cricket board." The ICC said that "the confusion in the initial vote in January resulted from it being unclear what should happen if the vote of the 10 captains was tied, or if a country had different captains for test and one-day formats" (AP, 5/10). The PTI reported the furore over the former India cricketer's appointment was caused following allegations that the Board of Control for Cricket in India "forced a re-vote" to get Sivaramakrishnan on the committee after former cricketer Tim May won the initial vote 9-1. The ICC stated that "it would not make any further comment regarding the issue" (PTI, 5/9).