Times of India apologises
India's leading newspaper apologised on Thursday for suggesting that a World Cup match between Australia and Zimbabwe was under investigation for match-fixing.
The Times of India had claimed that the February 21 game in Ahmedabad was being probed by the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption body.
"We apologise to Australia, Cricket Australia and the ICC for any embarrassment caused by this," the newspaper posted on its website.
"We also accept that at no stage has the ICC ever confirmed or suggested the match was fixed."
International Cricket Council chief executive Haroon Lorgat, who had been furious at the allegations, said he welcomed the apology.
"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," he said.