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ICC’s ACU responds to latest spot-fixing investigation by Al Jazeera

“The investigation into these allegations has already commenced and will run alongside a number of other live unrelated investigations," ICC said in a statement.

ICC Head Quarters
ICC Head Quarters. (Photo Source: ICC)

In the wake of the latest release by Al Jazeera which further intensifies the fixing allegations on cricketers from major nations the International Cricket Council (ICC) Anti Corruption Unit’s General Manager Alex Marshall has assured that the ICC is committed and working towards maintaining the integrity of the sport. The investigation also revealed that international matches from Tests to ODIs and World T20 games had alleged instances of spot-fixing. They’ve also released calls between bookmakers and unnamed cricketers.

Marshall also stated that as against the claims, the ICC takes issues pertaining to corruption seriously and will investigate into the matter fully. He assured that the investigation has already begun and they would want to work in cooperation with the broadcasters and other enforcement agencies to take this investigation through.

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“The ICC is committed to working to uphold integrity in cricket. As you would expect we will again take the contents of the programme and any allegations it may make seriously and will investigate fully. However, I must refute the assertion that cricket does not take the issue of corruption seriously, we have more resources than ever before working to rid our sport of corruption,” Marshall said in a statement released by the ICC.

“The investigation into these allegations has already commenced and will run alongside a number of other live unrelated investigations. When considering the claims, we will work with professional independent betting analysts,” he added.

Virat Kohli Al Jazeera
(Photo Source: Al Jazeera)
Rohit Sharma Al Jazeera
(Photo Source: Al Jazeera)

Ask for cooperation from broadcaster

“As with the first programme we have, and will continue to ask for the cooperation of the broadcaster. We have made repeated efforts to engage with the broadcaster as it can play such a crucial part in the full and thorough investigation it has called for.

“We do welcome the commitment from the broadcaster to share the files with Interpol and, I hope, other law enforcement agencies who can act upon the information and support us in ridding the sport of these criminals,” Marshall further stated.

ICC also seeks assistance from those who have any information on the matter and have released contact details for the same. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit:

ICC ACU Hotline: +971 56 545 8909 (mobile operated 24/7 for calls, SMS or WhatsApp)

E-mail: contactACU@icc-cricket.com

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