ICC urges Al Jazeera to release more material regarding the spot fixing accusations

ICC urges Al Jazeera to release more material regarding the spot fixing accusations

The Qatar-based network's documentary aired claims that two Australians and three Englishmen were associated with spot-fixers during the Tests against India in 2016-17.

Dave Richardson on Australia
Dave Richardson. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

The cricket fraternity shook up after Al Jazeera’s recent documentary as the Qatar based media house made a lot of spot-fixing allegations on major teams and cricketers. Al Jazeera mentioned its desire to work with the authorities to get rid of corruption from the sport. In the report, it suggests the involvement of a number of Australian and English cricketers in the scandal.

Reacting to the channel’s sting operation, the International Cricket Council (ICC) urged Al Jazeera to release more evidence to carry out a thorough investigation. The ICC said on Friday that it needed to lead a careful and reasonable examination and demonstrated that it would not be conceivable until the point that it had a majority of the material, including so far unbroadcast footage.

The Qatar-based network’s documentary aired claims that two Australians and three Englishmen were associated with spot-fixers during the Tests against India in 2016-17. However, the skippers of both Australia and England have dismissed the accusations on their players.

ICC Chief Dave Richardson asks the Qatar based channel for cooperation:

Speaking to the media on Friday the ICC Chief Executive asked the channel to cooperate with the ICC’s Anti Corruption Unit in order to carry out a fair investigation.

“I ask Al Jazeera to release to us all the material they have relating to corruption in cricket. We will conduct a full, thorough and fair investigation and will ensure no stone is left unturned as we examine all allegations of corruption made in the programme,” Dave Richardson said from the ICC headquarters in Dubai.

“To do so, we need to see all the evidence they state they possess. I am encouraged by their public commitment to cooperate and now ask that they do so, in releasing all relevant material. We understand and fully respect the need to protect journalistic sources and our ACU team have worked with other media companies on that basis. However, to prove or disprove these allegations, we need to see the evidence referred to in the programme,” Richardson added.

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