Sutherland: CA aware of spot-fixing allegations made against Aussies

Cricket Australia (CA) CEO James Sutherland says they are aware of video footage by the Al Jazeera TV network that could implicate two Aussie players in spot-fixing allegations.

According to the documentary on Al Jazeera, the Test between India and Australia in Ranchi last year is under the microscope with the allegations being that during a certain period of the game two visiting batsmen scored at a rate specified by fixers for the purposes of betting.

CA said that they will request the raw footage of the documentary to determine whether the evidence is credible and an investigation is necessary.

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Sutherland said in a statement: “Together with the ICC, we are aware of the investigation by Al Jazeera into alleged corruption in cricket.

“Although not having been provided an opportunity to view the documentary or any raw footage, our long-standing position on these matters is that credible claims will be treated very seriously and fully investigated.

“Cricket Australia will continue to fully co-operate with the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit in its review of the matter.

“Neither the ICC or Cricket Australia is aware of any credible evidence linking Australian players to corruption in the game.

“Cricket Australia and the ICC take a zero-tolerance approach against anyone trying to compromise the integrity of the game.

“We urge Al Jazeera to provide all un-edited materials and any other evidence to the ICC investigation team, so, if appropriate, a full and thorough investigation can be conducted.

“Australian cricket is proactive with its sports integrity management and Cricket Australia has an Integrity Unit to oversee and maintain 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 anti-corruption education sessions before being eligible to compete in CA’s domestic competitions.”