The International Cricket Council is to investigate allegations that Indian bookmakers, with the help of a Bollywood actress, have been fixing the results of international games and English County Championship matches.
The London Times newspaper published a front-page article with evidence that tens of thousands of pounds was being offered to players to throw part or all of international matches, including last year’s World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan.
It said batsmen were being offered "typically £44,000 pounds for slow scoring, £50,000 for bowlers who concede runs and as much as £750,000 pounds to players or officials who can guarantee the outcome of a match".
The paper quoted one Delhi bookmaker boasting that English county cricket was a "good new market" as it involved "low-profile matches and nobody monitors them.
In response an ICC spokesman told the Sunday Times that they were grateful for the information provided and will launch an inquiry into these serious allegations.