ICC provide update on alleged Ashes spot-fixing scandal

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James Sutherland said the ICC found nothing to support claims that an ex-Australian player and an Australian cricket official were involved in an alleged attempt to fix the third Ashes Test

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Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has revealed that the International Cricket Council (ICC) has found no evidence to suggest that a former Australian player and an Australian cricket official were involved in an alleged attempt to fix certain parts of an Ashes Test.

The claims were made by The Sun after they conducted a sting operation on two Indian bookmakers.

It was alleged that there were attempts made to fix certain parts of the third Ashes Test between Australia and England in Perth. Further claims include widespread corruption in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL).

The ICC investigated the allegations made by The Sun, but came up nothing to support the bookmakers’ claims that the ex-Australian player and Australian cricket official had been involved in their operation.

Sutherland confirmed that he has spoken to ICC anti-corruption boss Alex Marshall, who dismissed all the claims.

“There is no credibility to the allegations,” Sutherland was quoted as saying by sportingnews.com. “Early on the ICC didn’t think there was any credibility to it and I have spoken to the ICC’s head of anti-corruption since then and it’s very much as it was and we’re very much business as usual.

“The ICC has a duty to investigate things to get an understanding whether allegations are credible. As I’m aware what they’ve done and what they’ve been able to ascertain from day one, is that nothing’s changed.

“The ICC and member countries take a zero tolerance to corruption but when there’s smoke they do need to investigate and work out any credibility. That’s what’s happened since Perth and nothing has changed from day one.”

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