Spot-fixing allegations have been made against Australia and England in two Test matches in India in 2016 and 2017 after Al Jazeera reported pitch-fixing allegations against Galle Cricket Stadium.
Matches reported for spot-fixing: India vs England fifth Test in Chennai, December 2016 and India vs Australia third Test in Ranchi, March 2017. Matches reported for pitch-fixing: Sri Lanka vs Australia second Test, Galle, 2016 and Sri Lanka vs India first Test, Galle, 2017.
In a documentary on television channel Al Jazeera it was shown that specific periods were fixed. Aneel Munawar, an Indian national who is said to work for crime syndicate D Company, was seen to reveal three English and two Australian cricketers name to the reporter. The task of the players was to do exactly (or underperform) what they were told to do at a particular time at a particular session.
It was seen on the documentary that the last over of a session in India-Australia Test had no runs scored at all.
The names were edited by Al Jazeera but they would pass on the information to the relevant authorities. However, those five cricketers haven’t responded to the allegations. The undercover reporter of Al Jazeera found that the plans made about run-scoring was accurate.
International Cricket Council (ICC) is aware of the news.
Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – Anti-Corruption Unit, said: “We have already launched an investigation working with anti-corruption colleagues from Member countries based on the limited information we have received. We have made repeated requests that all evidence and supporting materials relating to corruption in cricket is released immediately to enable us to undertake a full and comprehensive investigation.”
Cricket Australia and ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) have said that there were no evidence to prove that the matches were fixed. The five alleged players were not heard to talk on phone calls.
“Neither the ICC or Cricket Australia is aware of any credible evidence linking Australian players to corruption in the game,” said CA chief executive James Sutherland. “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.”
ECB also has a similar message. “There is nothing we have seen that would make us doubt any of our players in any way whatsoever,” ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said. “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.”