Women found in hotel under match-fixing probe
Sri Lanka seek Interpolís help
Guyana Chronicle
October 3, 2002

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lankan police are seeking help from the Paris-based Interpol in an investigation into match-fixing during the just concluded Champions Trophy tournament.

The move followed the discovery that two women who were allegedly entertained by West Indies cricket team manager Ricky Skerritt had forged identity papers.

A third woman had produced an Australian driving licence and the authorities here wanted to track down her background details, a police spokesman said.

"With the discovery of the forged papers carried by the women we are now expanding the inquiry to find out if they were involved in match-fixing," the spokesman said.

He said the police were not pointing fingers at any particular team or players.

However, the procedures laid out for the tournament required them to rule out the involvement of the three women found in Skerritt's room and that of the West Indies computer operator Garfield Smith in match-fixing.

Police suspected that bookmakers had frequented the team hotel and prostitutes may have been used to make contact with the visiting players.

The tournament ended Monday in a washout with finalists India and Sri Lanka sharing the US$300 000 prize money after rain forced the match to be abandoned.

The International Cricket Council used the Champions Trophy tournament as a dress rehearsal to eliminate or at least minimise match-fixing during next year's World Cup tournament in South Africa. (Jamaican Observer)