No Credible Evidence Linking Aussie Cricketers To Corruption Claims: Cricket Australia

An Al Jazeera documentary has alleged Australian cricketers were involved in spot fixing during a match against India last year.

What you need to know
  • Cricket Australia says there is no credible evidence linking Australian players to allegations of spot fixing
  • Allegations claim two unnamed Australian cricketers were involved in spot fixing during a 2017 match
  • Captain Tim Paine says he is confident his players have nothing to worry about

Cricket Australia has hit back at allegations top level Australian players were involved in match-fixing, insisting there’s no credible evidence to support the explosive claims.

A documentary aired on Al Jazeera, has alleged two Australian batsmen were involved in spot fixing during a 10 over session in a test match against India last year.

The program did not identify the players allegedly involved.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said the organisation had a zero tolerance approach to cheating and would co-operate with the ICC Anti-Corruption unit on the matter.

 “Neither the ICC or Cricket Australia is aware of any credible evidence linking Australian players to corruption in the game,” he said.

The documentary is the result of an 18-month investigation that involved an Al Jazeera journalist posing as an undercover businessman.

He secretly recorded conversations with members of a betting crime syndicate who claimed to be able to fix matches by paying off players.

During one exchange, a member of the syndicate claimed to be able to fix up 70 per cent of matches.

He said the rigging involved mostly international matches and when asked if he had players in every international team, he replied “yes”.

The program’s allegations against Australia have been widely rubbished here.

Australian captain Tim Paine said he was confident his players had nothing to worry about.

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Captain Tim Paine says he is confident no Australian players were involved in fixing allegations. Source: AAP

“I certainly know it has never been spoken about in Australian dressing rooms I’ve been involved in,” he said.

“At this stage they are unsubstantiated claims…we’re confident none of our guys are involved in it.”

NSW bowler Trent Copeland was more blunt in his assessment, describing the allegations as  “horses**t”.

“I would be stunned if any player across domestic or international, be it female or male would even acknowledge an approach, let alone enter in to it,” Copeland told Fox Sports News.

Cricket Australia and the ICC have called on the documentary producers to provide the unedited footage to assist their investigations.

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Source: Reuters

In a statement, ICC general manager Alex Marshall said the allegations in the documentary were “extremely serious” and a full investigation is now underway by the organisation’s anti-corruption unit.

“The content of the program is of course useful to the investigation, but I would now urge the production team to provide us with the unedited and unseen evidence they are in possession of, to enable us to expedite a thorough investigation,” he said.

Al Jazeera has reported it is co-operating with authorities.

These latest claims come as Australian cricket is attempting to rebuild trust with the public following  the ball tampering scandal that cost Steve Smith the captaincy and David Warner the vice-captaincy.

Australia is heading to England for its first international tours since the debacle in South Africa.

Paine said coach Justin Langer had spoken to the players about restoring their reputation as “heroes of young kids in Australia”.

“We’re going over there to win the series. We’re not going over there to make up the numbers or to be the nicest Australian cricket team to ever play against.

“We’re going over to be really competitive and at the same time we’re going to be really respectful. We’re going there to win,” Paine said.