The International Cricket Council (ICC) is looking into allegations raised by FRANCE 24 that France Cricket, the sport’s governing body in France, has overseen a system of fake matches in order to acquire funding.
The investigation found no conclusive evidence of any matches of the women’s second division in France taking place, despite clubs involved in the tournament submitting scorecards which were then rubber-stamped by France Cricket. ICC funding for associate members like France is contingent on factors such as the number of women playing cricket.
"As cricket recently has been included in the Olympics, if you try and understand, the timing couldn't be better," Balane is quoted as saying, "Now, they are just trying to get some traction. We have already been in touch with ICC and our lawyer is taking all the required measures."
Read more on FRANCE 24 English
Exclusive: Alleged fake matches plague cricket in France
Allegations of fake matches, murky finances plague cricket in France
A deep dive into the cricket universe with the 2023 World Cup in India