ICC to probe new allegations of spot-fixing by England, Australia
A second documentary shown by Al Jazeera claims that that up to 15 international matches in the 2011-12 period had been subject to spot-fixing with the ICC urging the broadcaster to share the evidence.
The documentary claims that a small group of England players allegedly cheated in seven games between 2011 and 2012.
It also said Australian players were similarly involved in five matches over the same period, Pakistan players in three and players from other, unidentified, teams in one match.
The ICC said it had launched an investigation and would work with professional independent betting analysts.
Alex Marshall, the general manager of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit, said in a statement: “The ICC is committed to working to uphold integrity in cricket.
“As you would expect we will again take the contents of the programme and any allegations it may make seriously and will investigate fully.
“However, I must refute the assertion that cricket does not take the issue of corruption seriously, we have more resources than ever before working to rid our sport of corruption.
“The investigation into these allegations has already commenced and will run alongside a number of other live unrelated investigations. When considering the claims, we will work with professional independent betting analysts.
“As with the first programme we have, and will continue to ask for the cooperation of the broadcaster. We have made repeated efforts to engage with the broadcaster as it can play such a crucial part in the full and thorough investigation it has called for.
“We do welcome the commitment from the broadcaster to share the files with Interpol and, I hope, other law enforcement agencies who can act upon the information and support us in ridding the sport of these criminals.”
Cricket Australia (CA) and the England Cricket Board (ECB) have rejeced the fresh allegations about corruption in the sport.
An ECB spokesman said: “ECB takes its responsibilities on anti-corruption and preserving the integrity of cricket very seriously.
“Whilst the limited information we have been given by Al Jazeera is poorly prepared and lacks clarity and corroboration it has been properly assessed.
“Analysis of this by the ECB Integrity Team has cast no doubt on the integrity or behaviour of any England player, current or former.
“The materials we have been given have been referred to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption unit and we will continue to work with them, as is the correct procedure for protecting the game.
“We are also working closely with the PCA (Professional Cricketers’ Association) and keeping them informed.”
Cricket Australia CEO, James Sutherland said in a statement: “Cricket Australia takes a zero-tolerance approach against anyone trying to compromise the integrity of the game, and to suggest anything otherwise is unsubstantiated and incorrect.
Prior to the broadcast of Al Jazeera’s documentary, Cricket Australia’s Integrity Unit conducted a review of the latest claims by Al Jazeera, from a known criminal source, and, from the limited information provided by Al Jazeera, our team have not identified any issues of corruption by any current or former player, including in relation to Big Bash League matches.
“We have full confidence in our players in also protecting the game, and we are working closely with the ACA to keep them informed of any developments.
“The materials we have been given have been referred to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption unit and we will continue to work with them in order to ensure the integrity of the game.
“We urge Al Jazeera to provide all un-edited materials and any other evidence to the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit.
“Australian cricket is proactive with its sports integrity management and Cricket Australia’s Integrity Unit oversees and maintains the integrity of all domestic cricket in Australia, including BBL and WBBL matches.
“In addition to this, prior to the start of each Australian season, all professional cricketers are required to participate in thorough anti-corruption education sessions before being eligible to compete in CA’s domestic competitions.”
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