Ian Chappell says fixing is more widespread than people think

Ian Chappell said that he has hinted through his commentary every time he felt there were dodgy practices on the field © Getty Images

London: Jul 5, 2013

Former Australia skipper and cricket commentator Ian Chappell on Thursday said that betting is widespread in cricket.

“When all the fixing allegations have been going on in the cricket world, the first thing that people say to you in Australia is that ‘none of our guys are involved are they?’ … I think you’re a very game person to say that any team is not involved. It’s pretty widespread. [It is] much more widespread than what the public thinks,” Chappell was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

Chappell said he has hinted it through his commentary every time he felt there were dodgy practices on the field.

“I don’t want people to look back at me and say, ‘Well, he was hot on fixing but he didn’t do anything about it.’ I’ve done what I think I have to do with the information that I’ve been given,” he said.

“If ever I go to court to talk about this and the judge … says ‘Well, you didn’t say anything about it at the time,’ I can say to the judge, ‘You go back and listen to my commentary there, and if you listen very closely there’s an indication there that I wasn’t happy with what was going on,'” Chappell added.

Taking a direct dig at Mohammad Yousuf, Chappell commentated on his captaincy in Pakistan’s defeat against Australia in the Sydney Test in 2010.

“Take your pick. That was either very, very bad captaincy or it was dodgy captaincy,” he said.

Pakistan had lost all their international matches on that tour to Australia. It was later subject to investigation by the International Cricket Council (ICC). However, the case was dropped due to lack of evidence.

In response to Chappell’s comments, a spokesman for Cricket Australia said, “Cricket Australia has an anti-corruption and security unit to oversee and maintain the integrity of Australia’s domestic competitions.”

“As well as monitoring domestic Australian matches, players and officials, the unit administers extensive education programs for all Australian and overseas players and officials involved in Australia’s domestic cricket competitions.

“While we are never complacent, we are confident there are no issues of that nature in Australia and we will continue to do everything necessary to ensure the integrity of Australian cricket.”