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Bookie reveals how to fix IPL games, gives proof of playing alongside Virat Kohli in Delhi

ICC’s anti-corruption unit general manager Alex Marshall launched an investigation after the fixing claims emerged about the Perth Test.

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Recently, the prestigious Ashes was struck with some lewd accusations with a British daily claiming that the ongoing series has been rigged. It confirmed that the bookmakers have offered money to fix some parts of the ongoing third Test match. However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said that there is no evidence of foul play in the Test being played at the WACA.

The Sun published purported evidence of bookmakers offering to sell details of rigged periods of play for betting purposes in the Test which began on Thursday. According to the British news outlet, bookie Sobers Joban had stated that he played with Virat Kohli for one of the domestic cricket teams in Delhi.

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He also boasted about sending “signals” to players before overs during an Indian Premier League match. The report also stated that Joban could also fix four to five Big Bash League games

The Sun report quoted him saying as he discussed players’ gestures to indicate a fix. “They are well signaled in advance. In every IPL match, the signals are purposely not shown on the live broadcasts.”

Joban added, “I give you a red watch, you wear a red watch. In the IPL five t-shirts will be the full size, five will be half sleeves. A player bowls the over in full t-shirt, that is the signal.”

“A wide, running in and stopping without bowling, so many signals,” he concluded.

ICC launches investigation

ICC’s anti-corruption unit general manager Alex Marshall launched an investigation after the fixing claims emerged about the Perth Test. Marshall, meanwhile, said police have not yet been contacted over the claims.

Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have agreed to offer cooperation with the ICC investigation. Clearing any air of ambiguity, the ECB said it was “aware of these allegations and there is no suggestion that any of the England team is involved in any way.”

Australia currently leads the five-match series 2-0 after victories in Brisbane and Adelaide and can regain the Ashes with a victory at the WACA, a venue where England’s only Test victory was in 1978.

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