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Players fearful after reporting bookie links: May

October 13, 2011 12:21 IST

Players live in fear after reporting approaches by bookies, especially in tournaments such as the IPL, claims International Cricketers' Association chief Tim May.

Match-fixing is back in the spotlight due to the ongoing criminal trial against Pakistani cricketers -- Salman Butt, Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif -- in London for allegedly conspiring to send down deliberate no balls during a Test match for cash.

The bookie at the centre of it all, Mazhar Majeed, has dropped names of other international players as well, including Australians. But the Aussies have been cleared of any wrongdoing by the ICC.

May said players need to be sure that their names would be protected when they report approaches to the ICC.

"Players need a point of trust to report approaches/suspicions," May has written in a report released on Wednesday.

"Some international players are expressing that they don't have this point of trust, especially in tournaments such as the Indian Premier League.

"Players will be more inclined to report approaches, etc if there is greater anonymity around the reporting process ... some players won't report breaches they observe for either fear of their safety or simply because they just don't want to get involved," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted May as saying.

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