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Cricket Australia Chief Questions Timing of Fixing Allegations

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 15, 2017, 4:23 PM IST
Cricket Australia Chief Questions Timing of Fixing Allegations

File image of Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has questioned the timing of the match fixing allegations made by the Sun and said he doesn't expect any major revelations.

"You've got to be a little bit suspicious about the timing of when that story dropped," Sutherland told ABC Grandstand before the start of the second day's play.

"People make those sorts of decisions. The story was really a bit of mudslinging at the game, in the hope that some of it sticks.

"What we've heard from the head of the ICC anti-corruption unit is based on his intelligence and the dossier of information they have from The Sun, there's not any substance to this that means they have credible suspicions."

"The ICC anti-corruption unit has responsibilities for the game and anything that is flowing around, any allegations, no matter how outlandish they may be, need to be investigated," he said.

"In terms of a deep forensic investigation, that only happens when there's credible allegations that they're satisfied [tally with] other aspects of their intelligence."

After being briefed by the ICC's anti-corruption chief, Alex Marshall, Sutherland's primary concern was making sure that his players didn't feel compromised by implied connection with the fixing allegations.

"The players were briefed before the game and I spoke to our players after the game, just so that they understood the nature of the story but also the background as to how I was briefed before play," he said.

"I wanted to make the point to the players that I understand any such allegation also undermines or takes question as to their own personal integrity." Sutherland concluded.

Sobers Joban is not a very well known in cricketing circles, but the ex-Delhi cricketer has appeared in a video released by The Sun tabloid, where he is seen offering to sell the details of 'fixed' third Ashes Test between Australia and England. The match began on Thursday in Perth.

Joban, who represented Delhi and Himachal Pradesh at the junior level, is also seen boasting that he could send 'signals' to the players, before the fixed overs in the IPL match, and can fix four to five Big Bash League games. Also, Joban talks about his connections with Australian, Pakistani and South African cricketers.

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First Published: December 15, 2017, 2:29 PM IST

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