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Legendary Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist has admitted that spot-fixing could be going on in the sport at any time, and added that “no body, no nation, no team is immune” to it.
Gilchrist’s comments come after an Al Jazeera documentary claimed that two unidentified Australian players had engaged in spot-fixing last year.
The documentary – “Cricket’s Match Fixers” – alleged that the two players were paid to bat slowly over a certain period of time in order to ensure Australia’s Test match against India in Ranchi ended as a draw, which it did.
While Gilchrist doesn’t believe that any Australian cricketers are involved in corrupt activities, he pointed out that nothing should be completely ruled out.
“No body, no nation, no team is immune to [spot-fixing] and there’s every chance it’s still going on around the cricketing world,” he said on Back Page Live as quoted by foxsports.com.au. “So Australia, or England, or whoever they’re accusing – there’s a chance it could be going on, but if you’re that certain, then name them.
“I refuse to believe – and I’d be disappointed if I was proved otherwise – but England and Australian cricketers are getting paid so much.
“Unless these bookies have got a hook in these guys and they’ve got something over them from some other part in their life that they don’t want exposed, I can’t imagine why they would want to go and do it.”