English cricketers to be under investigation for spot-fixing

In an undercover investigation of Al Jazeera about the spot fixing scandal, three English cricketers were shown to be linked. Now reports revealed that all of them will be questioned by anti-corruption detectives despite England and Wales Cricket Board drastically denied any such allegations against country’s cricketers and termed it as ‘categorically false.’

Spot-fixing allegations made against England, Australia
Three English and two Aussies reportedly involved in spot-fixing. Photo: Collected

In the aforesaid documentary, English, Australian and Indian players have been accused of being involved in spot fixes, arranged by a Mumbai match fixer.

England lost to India in the Test match held on December 2016, one of the matches that has been shown to be contain fixing elements in the Al – Jazeera documentary.

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In the aftermath of the incident, ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said, “There is nothing we have seen that would make us doubt any of our players in any way whatsoever.

“The limited information we have been given has been discussed with all the England players. They emphatically deny the allegations, have stated categorically that the claims are false and they have our full support,” he said.

Head coach Trevor Bayliss also furiously described the allegations as “outrageous.”

England skipper Joe Root who was one of the members of the English team in that match also dismissed any such allegations terming it as ‘ridiculous’.

Root said, “We have been made aware that there is a documentary going out, and all the players have been briefed by the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) and been told that there is absolutely nothing to worry about. I have been told to strongly deny these allegations. It sounds quite ridiculous really.”

“It’s for the ICC to sort out – they’re the people in charge – and if there’s anything to it, they’ll look into it,” Root added.

Harrison added: “Neither ECB nor the ICC is aware of any credible evidence connecting any England players to any form of corruption.

“ECB had been aware of the planned Al Jazeera documentary for some time but have not been given the full content.

“There have been repeated requests for any evidence and unedited materials to be shared with the ICC so they can fully investigate.

“We, like other member Boards, are disappointed that Al Jazeera have not been more cooperative and responsible when making such serious allegations.

“ECB has a regular dialogue with the ICC and its anti-corruption unit, fully supports its work and will continue to cooperate with their review,” he said.


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