Collingwood sure IPL can survive 'fix' fears

ENGLAND Twenty20 captain Paul Collingwood cannot believe match-fixing allegations are a serious threat to the Indian Premier League.

Delhi Daredevils batsman Collingwood has acknowledged the ongoing nature of allegations of possible 'spot-fixing' intrigue – thought to centre on last year's edition of the IPL, held in South Africa.

But he has made it clear he has never been approached by anyone trying to suggest the possibility of fixing an element of any game.

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Collingwood said: "Whatever happens, the IPL will continue. I've never been approached or felt I've been close to being approached. But I don't want to be involved with anything like that – whether it be for England, playing for counties or the IPL.

"I guess there will be allegations floating around in the next few weeks. But I hope cricket doesn't take a battering because of it. We don't want cricket going down that route."

The Board of Control for Cricket in India yesterday appointed Chirayu Amin as interim chairman of the IPL.

Amin is a vice-president of the BCCI as well the president of the Baroda Cricket Association, and was appointed by unanimous decision at a governing council meeting in Mumbai.

The news came just hours after BCCI president Shashank Manohar announced the suspension of former IPL commissioner and chairman Lalit Modi, who stands accused of a range of alleged misdemeanours from rigging financial bids to betting and bribery.

Modi was ousted immediately after the conclusion of the final of the third edition of the tournament in Mumbai on Sunday.

Last night, though, he insisted that he remains in the role and hinted at challenging the decision.

Modi wrote on his page on social networking site Twitter: "Thank you all for your message of support. It is really appreciated. I am still chairman of IPL. Just suspended. Wait – we have just begun."