ICC Chief Executive pleads with Al Jazeera to hand over match fixing footage


International Cricket Council Chief Executive Officer Dave Richardson has issued a plea to news agency Al Jazeera to release the unedited footage of the match fixing documentary to the ICC’s anti-corruption unit.

The ICC are eager to investigate the allegations made in the documentary. Among the allegations made was that 60-70 percent of all international cricket matches can be fixed and that fixers have players in all Test nations.

In a prepared statement Richardson said: “I ask Al Jazeera to release to us all the material they have relating to corruption in cricket.

“We will conduct a full, thorough and fair investigation and will ensure no stone is left unturned as we examine all allegations of corruption made in the programme. To do so, we need to see all the evidence they state they possess.

“I am encouraged by their public commitment to cooperate and now ask that they do so, in releasing all relevant material.

“We understand and fully respect the need to protect journalistic sources and our ACU team have worked with other media companies on that basis. However, to prove or disprove these allegations, we need to see the evidence referred to in the programme.”

Australia and England skippers Tim Paine and Joe Root issued firm denials of allegations that players from both nations have been involved in spot-fixing.