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Al Jazeera Sting: Cricket Australia Asks for Proof as Ranchi Test Comes Under Fixing Cloud

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: May 27, 2018, 11:41 PM IST
Al Jazeera Sting: Cricket Australia Asks for Proof as Ranchi Test Comes Under Fixing Cloud

File image of Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland.

Cricket Australia has asked Al Jazeera for raw footage and unedited material after allegations that Australian players were involved in spot-fixing during the India-Australia Test in Ranchi.

In a statement released by Cricket Australia, CEO James Sutherland has said, "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."

According to allegations made by Al Jazeera, Australian batsmen scored at a rate specified by the bookies.

The names of the cricketers were edited in the documentary but Al Jazeera said it would pass on information to the relevant authorities.

In the documentary, a person Al Jazeera identified as Aneel Munawar, an Indian national who is said to work for D Company, is seen naming two Australian players to the undercover reporter as being part of the fix.
First Published: May 27, 2018, 5:07 PM IST

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