Cricket: Alec Stewart faces corruption inquiry

Stand-in England cricket captain Alec Stewart is to be interviewed by Paul Condon's corruption-busting unit.

Stand-in England cricket captain Alec Stewart is to be interviewed by Paul Condon's corruption-busting unit.

The meeting is being held in a bid to clear up match-fixing allegations made against the Surrey wicketkeeper-batsman.

The Anti-Corruption Unit is investigating allegations of corruption through the rest of the cricket world.

A number of established Test players will be interviewed. Others are under investigation as a result of allegations made against them.

In his anti-corruption report, Sir Paul said: "The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) felt their central witness Mr K Gupta, a bookmaker, had not been disproved in respect of any allegations he had made and they did no think he was lying."

Investigations in India have already led to action being taken by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Action has already been taken by the authorities in South Africa against several players, including Hansie Cronje and Herschelle Gibbs.

An interim report has been submitted to the Australian Cricket Board following the naming of Mark Waugh and Dean Jones in the CBI report. Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe is to be interviewed by a New Zealand Cricket Board Commission after allegations that he was introduced to Mr Gupta by the Sri Lankan player, Aravinda De Silva, who will also interviewed.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has already taken action against players, but persistent allegations that a match in the 1999 World Cup was fixed in favour of Bangladesh has led to a further judicial inquiry.

Former West Indies captain Brian Lara is under investigation by the West Indian Cricket Board after he was implicated in the CBI report. An inquiry has been set up in the United Arab Emirates over allegations surrounding the Sharjah Trophy tournament.

The Metropolitan Police have also confirmed that they are investigating allegations by England's Chris Lewis and New Zealander Stephen Fleming that attempts were made by a bookmaker to involve them in cricket corruption.

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