No evidence of Ashes match-fixing: ICC

The ICC has found no evidence of matches being "corrupted" following an investigation into match-fixing allegations. Photo: AAP

The International Cricket Council has found no evidence of match-fixing surrounding the third Ashes Test last year between Australia and England in Perth.

British newspaper The Sun ran several reports in December last year based on a four-month undercover investigation into spot-fixing bookmakers from India.

It was reported on the eve of the third Ashes Test in Perth that two bookmakers, Sobers Joban and Priyank Saxena, claimed they could fix games in the Australian Big Bash T20 competition, the Indian Premier League and the Ashes.

The bookies claimed to be working with a fixer in Australian cricket known as ‘The Silent Man’ who has worked with former and current international players, including ‘a World Cup-winning all-rounder’.

The sport’s governing body immediately opened an investigation into these claims but has found no proof of any wrongdoing on the part of players or officials.

“We have carried out an extensive global investigation with anti-corruption colleagues from member countries based on the allegations in The Sun and the material they shared with us,” the ICC’s anti-corruption general manager Alex Marshall said in a statement.

“I am satisfied that there is no evidence to suggest any match has been corrupted by the individuals in the investigation nor is there any indication that any international players, administrators or coaches have been in contact with the alleged fixers.”

According to The Sun, the bookmakers said they could get players to follow scripts, how many runs will be scored in a session or an innings, when a team will lose a wicket or what a team would do after winning the toss.

They explained they could get a corrupt cricketer to signal a fix by making gestures such as removing a helmet or changing gloves, where a spotter would take note and places bets accordingly.

– with AAP

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