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Kenyan cricketer in fixing probe

May 17, 2012


MUMBAI, May 16: A Kenyan cricketer, who has been under the radar of ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) for match-fixing, allegedly used to approach players from opposing teams in order to fix matches.

The player, whose name has not been disclosed by the authorities, is an all-rounder who has been a part of the Kenyan team for the last 12 years.

“The player was involved in fixing against Pakistan during the 2010 ICC World Cup,” a source from the Kenyan capital of Nairobi told.

“We’re expecting an ICC team to come this week and question him.

“He’s already had two sessions of questioning with the authorities here.”

It can be revealed though that the player has had a great role in popularizing the game in Kenya.

It can be recalled here that Maurice Odumbe was the first Kenyan cricketer who was found guilty of match-fixing. After being suspended from the game in 2004 for accepting money from bookmakers, Odumbe returned to competitive cricket at domestic level in August 2009, aged 40.

Odumbe is now involved in fund-raising for AIDS orphans as well as presenting a weekly radio sports programme in Kenya.

He might also stand as a candidate for the National Democratic Development Union (NDDU) in the forthcoming Kenyan general election.

“Odumbe would like to form an East African all-star team to showcase the talent we have in Kenya, Uganda and Namibia and is keen to bring that team to India,” his friend Zubair Mohammed said from Nairobi.