Statement on Al Jazeera Documentary


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 past year.

There was also no way for fixers to know which two batsmen would be batting together at any time in a match, while Australia fought out for a draw.

"Our undercover investigation reveals that "spot-fixes" were allegedly carried out in matches between India and England at Chennai in December 2016 and India and Australia at Ranchi in March previous year", Al Jazeera said. The documentary also shows a man identified as Aneel Munawar, who works for crime syndicate D Company.

The documentary titled "Cricket's Match-Fixers" by the Qatar-based news network can be watched online from today.

Al Jazeera added that there was no evidence to suggest more Australian players had been involved.

The ICC said Saturday it took the allegations reported by Al Jazeera "very seriously" and urged "all evidence and supporting material" to be shared with its own anti-corruption unit.

"In the meantime, Sri Lanka Cricket is constantly engaged with the ICC and is following its guidelines on how to handle anti-corruption operations for the forthcoming tours in Sri Lanka", the statement said.

Harrison added: "Neither ECB nor the ICC is aware of any credible evidence connecting any England players to any form of corruption".

The other questionable game is Sri Lanka vs Australia Test at Galle in 2016.

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The match in question here is the Test between India and Australia in Ranchi in 2017.

The BCCI's anti-corruption unit is working closely with the International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti-corruption unit on the alleged claims by a television channel, the body said in a notification.

Some of the allegations in the documentary centred on England's Test defeat to India in Chennai in December 2016.

The ICC said Warnaweera was charged after he missed meetings and also failed to provide documents to its anti-corruption unit (ACU) for an investigation, the details of which were not disclosed.

The report says Australian players were alerted this week that the documentary would air and there is no suggestion that any players were aware of the plans.

The touring side were bowled out for 106 and 183 in the match and lost by 229 runs in less than three days.

Sutherland yesterday called for the unedited evidence to be made available to an ICC investigation team.

Sri Lanka Cricket on Sunday suspended a player and a groundsman who allegedly agreed to tamper with the pitch to alter the result of an upcoming Test against England, as police launched an investigation into the claims.

ICC officials have seen the documentary video where the different characters reveal their identities and how they went on about the fixing business, and ICC claims to be dead serious about the allegations. Former Mumbai cricketer Robin Morris has been alleged to be a match-fixer.