In an official statement released by the ICC, CEO Dave 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.”
The Qatar-based channel Al Jazeera had claimed that the matches involving India, Sri Lanka, Australia and England had pitches that were at the behest of match-fixers.
The Test matches in question currently due to the damming sting operation are India vs Sri Lanka (Galle, July 26-29, 2017), India vs Australia (Ranchi, March 16-20, 2017) and India vs England (Chennai, December 16-20, 2016).
Richardson, who earlier promised a full and fair probe, also admitted that various Twenty20 Leagues, operating at the lower levels, would be easier targets for corrupt activities since stringent rules make it difficult to approach international stars.
First Published: June 1, 2018, 1:57 PM IST