The Times of India has said mea culpa to a story published on its website, suggesting that there was more to the February 21World Cup match between Australia and Zimbabwe.
In the match played at Ahmedabad, the Aussies scored 0-5 off their first two overs and were 0-28 after 11 overs. Australia eventually made 262 for 6 of their 50 overs. Zimbabwe were bowled out for 171.
“The slow rate of scoring in the first two overs was scrutinised by the ICC anti-corruption and security unit,” the website of the Indian Express said in a report from Press Trust of India, according to The Australian newspaper.
However, an “apology” has come from The Times of India.
NEW DELHI:The Times of India carried a story on its website on March 22 alleging that the match between Australia and Zimbabwe had been spot-fixed. We apologise to Australia, Cricket Australia and ICC for any embarrassment caused by this.
We also accept that at no stage has the ICC ever confirmed or suggested the match was fixed.
The story has since been taken off the website.
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