England ’emphatically deny’ match fixing allegations after Al Jazeera documentary claims of spot fixing in matches against India
English, Australian and Indian players have been accused of being involved in spot fixes, arranged by a Mumbai match fixer in a new documentary.
The Middle East-based TV station’s programme, Cricket’s Match-Fixers, contains a series of allegations about how an India-based member of a criminal syndicate was able to fix the results of matches and elements of other matches, including England’s Test match against India in Chennai in December 2016.
Head coach Trevor Bayliss described the allegations as «outrageous.»
ECB chief exec Tom Harrison said: «There is nothing we have seen that would make us doubt any of our players in any way whatsoever.
«The limited information we have been given has been discussed with all the England players.
«They emphatically deny the allegations, have stated categorically that the claims are false and they have our full support.»
Al Jazeera is understood to be in a legal wrangle over whether to name players involved in the spot fixing allegations, but it remains unclear whether the players are Indian or English.
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Aneel Munawar is the match fixer at the centre of the scandal and he works for a mafia group called D-Company, who control most of India’s underground betting market.
While the ICC has been looking at Al Jazeera’s investigation, England have expressed their disappointment that the news station have not divulged more information.
Harrison added: «Neither ECB nor the ICC is aware of any credible evidence connecting any England players to any form of corruption.
«ECB had been aware of the planned Al Jazeera documentary for some time but have not been given the full content.
«There have been repeated requests for any evidence and unedited materials to be shared with the ICC so they can fully investigate.
«We, like other member Boards, are disappointed that Al Jazeera have not been more cooperative and responsible when making such serious allegations.
«ECB has a regular dialogue with the ICC and its anti-corruption unit, fully supports its work and will continue to cooperate with their review.»