London, Oct 23 (IESports) Al Jazeera network televised “uncovered evidence of corruption at the highest levels of international cricket.”
The documentary accuses a “small group” of England players to be involved in the scandal.
“Whilst the limited information we have been given by Al Jazeera is poorly prepared and lacks clarity and corroboration, it has been properly assessed,” BBC quoted England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
“Analysis of this by the ECB Integrity Team has cast no doubt on the integrity or behaviour of any England player, current or former.”
Al Jazeera, which says it has obtained “purported recordings” of a match-fixer calling in the fixes to a notorious Indian bookmaker linked to organised crime, claims the corruption “appears to involve two dozen fixes in 15 international matches” dating from 2011 and 2012.
The broadcaster says the evidence points to a small group of England players allegedly carrying out spot-fixes in seven matches, Australia players in five matches and Pakistan players in three. Players from other teams allegedly carried out spot-fixes in one match.
The report adds the matches in which fixes were allegedly carried out include England versus India at Lord’s, South Africa versus Australia in Cape Town and several matches during England’s series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
“The ECB takes its responsibilities on anti-corruption and preserving the integrity of cricket very seriously. The materials we have been given have been referred to the ICC’s Anti-Corruption unit and we will continue to work with them, as is the correct procedure for protecting the game.,” the statement added.”