ICC appeals for information, England brush off new spot-fixing allegations

The ICC appealed to Al Jazeera to share evidence with him, after the station issued its second documentary on alleged corruption in cricket. The documentary has affirmed that up to 15 international matches in the 2011-2012 period had been repaired.

Al Jazeera claimed to have obtained recordings of a person identified as Aneel Munawar, who is said to work for the D Company criminal offender: reveal details of fixed matches to an Indian bookmaker. Munawar was also at the center of Al Jazeera's previous documentary on corruption in cricket, which alleged that the Chennai Test in December 2016 and the Ranchi Test in March 2017 had been repaired by players from England and Australia.

In response to these claims, the Cricket Board of England and Wales (BCE) and Cricket Australia (CA) had said that there was no credible evidence linking any of their players to corruption.

The ICC had asked Al Jazeera for its cooperation in investigating these allegations, including the exchange of "unedited and unseen evidence", which he later said the station had refused to deliver. He had also sent a public appeal to help identify Munawar.

The ICC has now made another appeal to Al Jazeera

"The ICC is committed to working to defend integrity in cricket." Alex Marshall, the general manager of the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit, said in a statement. "As expected, we will again take the content of the program and the accusations that I can make seriously and investigate thoroughly."

"However, I must refute the claim that cricket does not take the issue of corruption seriously, We have "More resources than ever before to work to rid our sport of corruption".

"The investigation of these allegations has already begun and will be developed along with a series of other non-life related investigations.When considering the claims, we will work with professional independent betting analysts."

"As with the first program that we have, and we will continue asking for the cooperation of the station. We have made repeated efforts to collaborate with the station, since it can play such a crucial role in the complete and exhaustive investigation that it has requested.

"We appreciate the commitment of the station to share the files with Interpol and, We hope that other law enforcement agencies can act on the information and help us get rid of the sport of these criminals."

Of the 15 matches that Al Jazeera claimed were subject to correction attempts in the 2011-2012 period, seven involved England and five Australia.

The ECB said Al Jazeera's information was "poorly prepared," but said it had investigated the allegations and found no evidence against any player from England.

"The ECB assumes its responsibilities in the fight against corruption and preserves the integrity of the cricket very seriously," said a spokesman for the ECB. "While the limited information provided by Al Jazeera is poorly prepared and lacks clarity and corroboration, it has been adequately evaluated."

"The analysis conducted by the ECB Integrity Team has not cast any doubt on the integrity or the behavior of England. player, current or previous.

"The materials we have received have been remitted to the ICC anti-corruption unit and we will continue to work with them, as is the correct procedure to protect the game, we are also working closely with the PCA (Professional Cricketers & # 39; Association) and keep them informed. "

CA, meanwhile, had been aware of Al Jazeera's plans to release a second documentary, and of the Australian parties mentioned in it. James Sutherland, the then CEO of CA, had said that an investigation of the CA's integrity unit had been conducted on the claims.

"Although we have not been given the opportunity to review any audio material or raw material, our longstanding position on these matters is that credible claims must be treated very seriously and investigated", said Sutherland at the end of August. "The Integrity Unit of Cricket Australia has conducted a review of the latest claims of Al Jazeera, from a known criminal source, and, based on the limited information provided by Al Jazeera, our team has not identified any corruption issues related to current or former Australian players.

"We have handed over all material to the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit so that they can investigate thoroughly and we will continue to cooperate with the ICC."

source:- espncricinfo.com

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