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Cricket: Match-fixing probe targets New Zealand players

A group of former New Zealand cricketers are being investigated for match-fixing although none have yet been charged, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said Thursday. "It is alleged that a small number of former New Zealand cricketers had engaged in fixing activity," the ICC said in a statement after New Zealand media reports that the probe was targeting three players. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chief executive David White said he knew the names of the players but would not elaborate. "We have been aware for a number of months," White said.

Cricket: Dates set for West Indies' tour of New Zealand

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Monday released details of a West Indies tour at year's end, but said the schedule for a planned visit by India is still being thrashed out. The West Indies will play three Tests, five one-dayers and two T20s during their first visit to New Zealand for five years in December and January, NZC said. However, chief executive David White said he was still awaiting details of the India tour, which represents a potential money spinner for New Zealand Cricket.

Cricket: Australia's John Buchanan to leave New Zealand

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) announced Friday that former Australian coach John Buchanan was leaving his post as director of cricket effective immediately, after just over two years in the job. "(He) is disappointed to be leaving NZC at this time, as he has enjoyed his work there," the organisation said in a brief statement. "However, due to family circumstances, he has decided to return to Australia."

Cricket: New World Cup chairman appointed

Cricket Australia and New Zealand Cricket on Wednesday appointed Ralph Waters as chairman of the organising committee for the 2015 World Cup after the death last week of James Strong. Waters, a prominent New Zealand businessman, was previously deputy chairman and replaces Strong, who died in Sydney aged 68 from complications following surgery. "Like myself, James had lived and worked in Australia and New Zealand and was determined to put on a truly world class tournament in 2015," said Waters.

Cricket-Black Caps lambasted back home for Cape Town 'shambles'

By Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON, Jan 3 (Reuters) - New Zealand's long-suffering cricket fans had further reason to bury their heads in their hands as they woke up on Thursday to find the Blacks Caps had been skittled for 45 runs in the first test against South Africa in Cape Town. Local media described the performance as the worst seen in 30 years, a "humiliation" and a "shambles", while one fan labelled it "an international embarrassment, a truly shocking display of ineptness" on an Internet message board.
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