Spot Fixing Allegations Made Against Australian Cricketers

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Spot fixing allegations have been made about Australia’s Test match against India in Ranchi last year.

TV channel Al Jazeera aired a documentary implicating the March 2017 Test, which ended in a draw.

Cricket Australia has requested raw footage off Al Jazeera to investigate whether the allegations are credible.

In the program, titled Cricket’s Match-Fixers, a man names two Australian players to an undercover reporter who he claims agreed to score at a slow rate to influence how many runs were scored in a period that was being bet on in illegal markets.

Cricket Australia responded to the allegations by saying that "neither the ICC or Cricket Australia is aware of any credible evidence linking Australian players to corruption in the game”.

"Together with the ICC, we are aware of the investigation by Al Jazeera into alleged corruption in cricket," CA chief executive James Sutherland said in a statement.

"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.”

Alex Marshall, General Manager of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit also released a statement:

“The ICC is aware of an investigation into corruption in cricket by a news organisation and as you would expect we will take the contents of the programme and any allegations it may make very seriously.

"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.”

Watch the documentary that is the source of the allegations here:

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