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The International Cricket Council (ICC) said that its anticorruption unit was questioning the Hong Kong team but dismissed the match-fixing slant to its enquiry. Dave Richardson, ruling body’s CEO gave more information a day after the ICC anticorruption unit head Ronnie Flanagan revealed the case in Mumbai. Richardson was quoted in a report from dblive.com.za while speaking to the reporters saying, “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.” The governing body proclaimed in January that Hong Kong cricketer Irfan Ahmed had been suspended and sentenced with failing to reveal a move towards from an individual.

“We should not speculate that it involves or there’s any match-fixing or anything going on with particular players or a particular teams,” Richardson added.

“Often we get our intelligence from players reporting various approaches that corrupt people make to them.” Hong Kong will play their first game of the ICC World T20 2016 against Zimbabwe on Tuesday in first-round Group B. The winners of the pool will advance to Super 10 Group 1 which has England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.

Richardson also said that the ICC has done a phenomenal job to protect players from full member nations against such shameful approaches but corrupt persons are in hunt for new fishes.

“We are now finding that the corruptors are now focused on associate members, women’s teams etc. So we 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 (in). There are corrupt people all over the world, trying their best to get hold of players.”

Cricket has been marred with several corruption cases and a 2010 spot-fixing scandal which resulted in bans and jail terms for Pakistan cricketers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, and former test captain Salman Butt hit the cricket fraternity by massively.

Richardson is sure enough that the World T20 won’t be harmed by such disgraceful act. “I’m very confident that we’ll have a clean tournament,” he said.

“I know that our anticorruption 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,” he said.