GROS-ISLET (AFP) - West Indies cricket official Ernest Hilaire has blamed irresponsible reporting for rumours that batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan was being investigated for match-fixing, Hilaire was responding to an open letter from Guyana's Minister of Sport, Frank Anthony. Frank criticised the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for failing to protect Sarwan from the damaging allegations. Anthony had written the letter to the WICB seeking clarification on the matter, which made headlines in a few sections of the Caribbean media. "When properly assessed, the situation is to be blamed squarely on an erratic and unprofessional approach from some irresponsible media operatives, who reproduced the information from (an) anonymous blog without bothering to verify the source or veracity of what was before them," said Hilaire, the chief executive officer of the WICB.