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International cricket's governing body is expected to receive a report on the match-fixing scandal
within 48 hours.


LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: The four Pakistani cricket players implicated in an alleged betting scam
are likely to be stood down for the one-day series in England which starts this weekend.

International cricket's governing body is expected to receive a report on the scandal from its
anti-corruption unit within the next 48 hours.

But despite assurances that it will act promptly and decisively if anyone's found guilty of
involvement in match or spot fixing, at least one observer says the ICC itself needs a shake-up and
thinks that former prime minister John Howard was the man to do it.

Europe correspondent Emma Alberici reports.

EMMA ALBERICI, REPORTER: The Pakistani cricketers have spent the day in their hotel at

The Twenty20 series against England is supposed to kick off on Sunday, but the odds are that at
least four of the players won't be picked for the side after being accused of accepting bribes in
return for certain behaviour on the field.

MICHAEL VAUGHAN, FORMER ENGLAND CAPTAIN: I don't think particularly the four players who have been
named shouldn't go anywhere near a cricket field. And in this instance, I don't think Pakistan
should play in this one-day series.

I know there's a lot of money at stake, but I wouldn't look at money in this. We really have to get
to the bottom of it, clear it out, hopefully for good.

EMMA ALBERICI: The four men under suspicion are Salman Butt, the captain, along with bowlers
Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Amir, as well as the wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal.

Video footage broadcast by the News of the World detailed allegations of their involvement in a
series of spot bets.

It's now emerged that at least three of the players had been under surveillance by the
International Cricket Council since the Australia-Pakistan Test in Sydney in January.

The ICC is facing increasing pressure to act, as two more Australian cricketers reveal that they've
been approached by illegal bookies.

BRAD HADDIN, AUSTRALIAN WICKET-KEEPER: You don't usually get a knock on your door at 11 o'clock,
someone asking to you to come across to their room for a drink and then go out to dinner that you
don't know.

EMMA ALBERICI: Allegations of match-fixing have dogged the game for years and commentators are now
growing impatient for the ICC to respond.

dysfunctional body. I don't think that's a contentious state. We're talking about an organisation
that has become highly politicised, extremely obsessed with its own status and financial dealings.
And cricket in all of this seems to have come a bad third or fourth.

EMMA ALBERICI: One of the world's cricketing authorities blames the influence of Asian countries
for the ICC's reluctance to clamp down on corruption and he bemoans the fact that the former
Australian prime minister John Howard wasn't picked as the ICC's next president.

MATTHEW ENGEL: As you may remember, John Howard was proposed as the vice-president and therefore
the next president of ICC and this was defeated by opposition within the governing body. There are
really only two possible explanations for this.

One is that it was political payback time because Mr Howard's policies while in government were not
universally popular in Asia.

Secondly, and what seems to me much more significant, is the fact that here was an outsider of some
substance. I think that they thought an outsider coming in was a danger to the set-up that they've
got there.

He might just want to start asking a few difficult questions.

EMMA ALBERICI: The Pakistani players might be happy to be in England as the investigation
continues. At home they're facing fury in a nation where cricket is a national obsession.

PAKISTANI MAN (voiceover translation): Criminal punishment should be handed down to them. Their
wealth and property should be confiscated and they should be handcuffed. They've ruined the honour
of their country.

EMMA ALBERICI: Nothing is yet proven, but Pakistanis have already passed judgment on the team. A
local lawyer has filed a treason case against seven players and the country's Sports Minister. He's
calling for life bans from the game and the death penalty.

The ICC is expected to receive a report from its anti-corruption unit by Thursday. A press
conference is said to be scheduled at which they'll outline the future of Pakistan in the
international game.

Emma Alberici, Lateline.