'Get to the bottom of fixing'

“We expect ICC to reach the bottom of it. For the last few weeks, many things have been written on this issue, about allegations and about Pakistan and England cricket. One thing is sure that international cricket cannot afford to have match-fixing,” Ponting told reporters here on Tuesday.

“We hope to put behind all these things. We want good things to come out of this game in the coming days.” Asked whether any Australian player was approached by bookies in the past, Ponting said: “As far as the Australian team is concerned, we are playing cricket in an appropriate manner. We were never approached by any bookie.”

“Moreover, the Australian team is very well educated to handle such things in the right manner. Besides, we are also briefed by Cricket Australia at regular intervals to tackle such situations and on what is acceptable and what is not.”

The Australian cricket team reached here on Monday to play a three-day warm-up match against the Board President’s XI at the cricket stadium in Sector 16 from Sep 23. Ponting was also not in favour of banning Pakistani team from all forms of cricket until the charges against their players are fully investigated.

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