cricket_batJohannesburg -The International Cricket Council (ICC) this week welcomed an apology by an Indian publication that alleged the opening World Cup match between minnows Zimbabwe and defending champions Australia was fixed.

The Times of India last week apologized for inaccurate reporting in the match in question where Australia won by 91 runs.

The ICC has welcomed the front-page apology from the Times of India newspaper after its fictional and damaging report which stated that the Australia v Zimbabwe ICC Cricket World Cup game had been fixed, ICC spokesperson, Colin Gibson told The Zimbabwean from India.

In its apology, published from New Delhi, the newspaper said: 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 the 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.

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat told this publication, The story was not only fictional but was also damaging to the image of cricket. I am pleased that The Times of India, took a responsible step and corrected the facts at its earliest opportunity.

Zimbabwe lost their opening game of the 2011 World Cup in the 55 000-seater Sardar Patel Stadium.

The two Australian openers, Shane Watson and Brad Haddin scored just 28 runs in 11 overs and 53 in 15 overs against the lowly Zimbabwean cricket team, raising suspicion that the match was fixed.

The low run rate against Zimbabwe during the powerplays also raised suspicion.

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