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Illegal Gambling Expected for Cricket Finals

6 February 2004

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald: "The International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit is bracing for a substantial increase in illegal betting activity - involving hundreds of millions of dollars - for each game of Australia's best-of-three finals series against India, which begins today at the MCG.

"According to Jeff Rees, the ACSU's general manager and chief investigator, illegal bets in Mumbai alone could approach the estimated $500 million (US$384.77 million) wagered on last year's World Cup final.

"With cricket-related gambling increasing across the globe - and one-day finals series attracting more interest from black-market punters - Rees warned that the threat of would-be corrupters attempting to contrive results remained serious.

"…Recent reports from the subcontinent suggest the ACSU is closely reviewing Pakistan's poor performances in several one-day matches in Morocco and Kenya two years ago. The ICC has refused to confirm the validity of those reports…"

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