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Money is doing the talking............ again.

ICC admits to 'fixing' India v Pakistan in same group

Cape Town - International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson admitted that they purposefully put India and Pakistan in the same group for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in England.

India and Pakistan, who join South Africa and Sri Lanka in Group B, were drawn to battle it out in Edgbaston on June 4.

According to the Telegraph, this is the fifth successive tournament in which the two teams will meet in the group stages of an ICC tournament and the first time the ICC have blatantly admitted to doing it.

“No doubt we want to try to put India versus Pakistan in our event,” said Richardson. “It’s hugely important from an ICC point of view. It’s massive around the world and the fans have come to expect it as well. It’s fantastic for the tournament because it gives it a massive kick.”

The seedings for the tournament were drawn on the ranking of the top eight teams at the end of September 2015. India were seeded second, while Pakistan just made the cut and were seeded eighth.

The former Proteas wicketkeeper denied that this 'fixing' will have a negative impact on the integrity or fairness of the upcoming tournament:

“What we try and do is make sure that when you add up the rankings of the different groups, they all add up to the same number of points. You can do that in a number of ways. So long as the pools are balanced, it’s silly to avoid (the fixture) when you can fairly cater for it.”

Defending Champions Trophy winners, India, have played three games against Pakistan at the tournament and have lost twice.

Edited by vlagman

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Makes good commercial sense and a means to suck more money out of Indian broadcasters. Also no fluke that Australia and England and Australia and NZ keep winding up in the same groups.

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All the ICC need to do for a new revenue stream is open their very own betting shop.......if the BCCI allows them to

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4 hours ago, J1M1 said:

All the ICC need to do for a new revenue stream is open their very own betting shop.......if the BCCI allows them to

All the sporting codes here collect millions from corporate bookmakers. You can marry a 12 year old in India but can't place a bet on a sanctioned sporting event  - not sure who has an issue with their moral compass

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Sounds like a model we should try in SA......the corporate betting thing.

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Nowadays match fixing becomes common thing, not only cricket in some other game also match fixing is happening. It never ends.

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14 hours ago, johnniewalk said:

Nowadays match fixing becomes common thing, not only cricket in some other game also match fixing is happening. It never ends.

I think you are too pessimistic. Do you think Lewis Hamilton, Roger Federer, Lebron James, the Indian cricket team etc are tanking or throwing games. I doubt it very much - very well paid sportsmen (and women) have nothing to game to match fixing - they have too much to lose. However do I think the Lahore Camel Rogerers or the Karachi Wife Beaters are throwing games - more than likely. Only illegal bookmakers would be dumb enough to field on such contests so I can't see any mischief.  

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