Zero-tolerance against anyone trying to compromise integrity of game: Cricket Australia

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 22, 2018, 12.17 PM(IST)

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As per the documentary, there had been 26 spot-fixing incidents in 15 international matches and Australia and England were involved in five and seven matches respectively.

Cricket Australia has released a statement after the fresh allegations about corruption in cricket levelled by a middle east-based television news channel Al Jazeera.

The official statement mentioned that the board has a "zero-tolerance approach against anyone trying to compromise the integrity of the game".

The documentary released by the TV channel claimed that English, Pakistani and Australian players were involved in spot-fixing between 2011 and 2012.

As per the documentary, there had been 26 spot-fixing incidents in 15 international matches and Australia was involved in five matches.

The matches mentioned were England against India at Lord's, South Africa versus Australia in Cape Town, and several games during England's series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Cricket Australia (CA) CEO, James Sutherland responded on Monday, saying, "Our team have not identified any issues of corruption by any current or former player, including in relation to Big Bash League matches."

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"We have full confidence in our players in also protecting the game, and we are working closely with the ACA to keep them informed of any developments."

"The materials we have been given have been referred to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption unit and we will continue to work with them in order to ensure the integrity of the game."

In a follow-up documentary to one aired earlier this year, the Qatari-based broadcaster reported on Sunday that a small group of England players allegedly cheated in seven games.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) was also adamant that the claims lacked credibility.

"Whilst the limited information we have been given by Al Jazeera is poorly prepared and lacks clarity and corroboration, it has been properly assessed," it said in a statement.

"Analysis of this by the ECB integrity team has cast no doubt on the integrity or behaviour of any England player, current or former."

ICC demands footage again

ICC refuted the "assertion" that it does not take corruption in the sport seriously and once again questioned the broadcaster's refusal to share the raw footage.