Allegations Of Match Fixing Ahead Of Third Ashes Test
Cricket Australia has agreed to co-operate in full with anti-corruption investigations following a breaking media report containing serious allegations concerning an attempt at match-fixing in the current Ashes Series. The media report went public early on Thursday.
The Sun newspaper has claimed that its undercover reporters have been offered the opportunity by undisclosed parties to pay for details of supposed fixed periods of play in the upcoming Third Ashes Test set to take place in Perth.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) as well as Cricket Australia (CA) have welcomed the Sun’s transparency regarding the information and have both expressed interest in examining the newspaper’s report on the allegations.
Cricket Australia immediately released a public media statement, stating that the allegations were of grave concern to the Australian Cricket governing body and that Cricket Australia would act strongly against anyone threatening to bring cricket, and specifically the Ashes Series, into any kind of disrepute. They also emphasised that Cricket Australia would comply fully with any investigations launched by the ICC.
Cricket Australia has a dedicated Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) which seeks to sass out any allegations or forms of corruption within cricket played in the country and by the country’s players, including the Big Bash League.
Cricket Australia has said that it follows a zero-tolerance policy towards corruption and specifically match fixing and that all domestic as well as national cricket players are required to attend education sessions on ethical behaviour and playing before stepping onto the pitch for the first time.
Players also have the opportunity to report any suspicious activities within their own ranks completely anonymously and this has proved very effective in the past. In fact, doing so has very much become a part of Australian cricket player culture.
Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland has said that he is of the belief that the Ashes Series has not been compromised in any way and that the allegations do not involve any of the players competing in the series. Sutherland seems to be of the opinion that if anything, the corruption begins and ends at the doors of the bookmakers who were offering to sell the proposed match fixing information.
Sutherland went on to say that there was no substance or justification found that any of the players were involved, neither Australian nor in the ranks of the English.
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