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Cricket Australia have asked Al Jazeera for evidence and raw footage after the news channel claimed that spot-fixing took place in the third Test between India and Australia in Ranchi in March last year.
Cricket Australia want hard proof from Al Jazeera in order to determine if the allegations made are credible and whether they should launch their own investigation.
The board said that “neither the ICC or Cricket Australia is aware of any credible evidence linking Australian players to corruption in the game”.
According to the Al Jazeera documentary, it is claimed that some Australian batsmen scored at a specific rate set by fixers. The documentary also shows a man identified as Aneel Munawar, who works for crime syndicate D Company.
Munawar is heard naming two Australian players that were allegedly involved in the supposed incident.
While the names of the cricketers were not made public in the documentary, Al Jazeera has confirmed that it will give the information to the relevant authorities.
The news channel said the two Australian players implicated by Munawar have not responded to the allegations.
Al Jazeera added that there was no evidence to suggest more Australian players had been involved.
“Together with the ICC, we are aware of the investigation by Al Jazeera into alleged corruption in cricket,” CA chief executive James Sutherland said in a statement as quoted by ESPNcricinfo. “Although not having been provided an opportunity to view the documentary or any raw footage, our long-standing position on these matters is that credible claims will be treated very seriously and fully investigated.
“Cricket Australia will continue to fully co-operate with the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit in its review of the matter. Neither the ICC or Cricket Australia is aware of any credible evidence linking Australian players to corruption in the game. Cricket Australia and the ICC take a zero-tolerance approach against anyone trying to compromise the integrity of the game.
“We urge Al Jazeera to provide all un-edited materials and any other evidence to the ICC investigation team, so, if appropriate, a full and thorough investigation can be conducted.”