Ramprakash believes ICC inquiry will work

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Mark Ramprakash, the England batsman, is convinced the International Cricket Council will get to the bottom of the match-fixing allegations when they hold their inquiry at Lord's next week.

The ICC will discuss the scandal which has enveloped the sport at an emergency two-day meeting, starting on 2 May. David Richards, the ICC chief executive, has vowed to rid the game of the cheats but his task appears an onerous one.

"It is a very serious situation," Ramprakash said. "But the players have to be confident in the ICC and the ECB [England and Wales Cricket Board]. They run the game and we have to believe that they will get to the bottom of the situation. I am confident that there is not a problem in English cricket. We have to ride out this storm and the ICC has to do its bit."

Initially, the meeting was called following the admission by the former South African captain, Hansie Cronje, that he had accepted cash from an Indian businessman for "providing information" on matches involving his country.

However, Cronje's revelations have been followed by a string of accusations against leading international players including those of Leicestershire's Chris Lewis who said he had been told that three England internationals had received money for match-fixing.

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