The build-up to the crucial third Ashes Test at the WACA has been overshadowed by claims that the match has been targeted by spot-fixers, who are purported to have offered a newspaper details of rigged periods of play.
According to a report in The Sun, two men asked the newspaper’s undercover reporters for up to £140,000 to “spot fix” markets, such as the exact amount of runs scored in an over.
An ICC spokesman told the newspaper: “These are serious allegations and of grave concern. Our anti-corruption unit will continue working to uphold integrity in cricket focusing on education, prevention and disruption of any attempts to corrupt, including in relation to the third Test in Australia.”
Those sentiments were echoed by Australian officials. “Cricket Australia takes a zero-tolerance approach against anybody trying to bring the game into disrepute,” said a spokesman.
“Cricket Australia will co-operate fully with any ICC Anti-Corruption Unit investigation.
“Australian cricket has a long-standing, proactive approach to sports integrity management and Cricket Australia has a dedicated Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) to prevent corruption within Australian domestic comptetitons, including the BBL.
“In addition to this, all players participating in CA sanctioned competitions, including the BBL, are required to complete an anti-corruption education session before they can compete.
“CA works closely with the ICC ACU on all international fixtures played in Australia.
“Players are able to report any suspicions they have on a confidential basis and in the past there has been a strong Australian player culture to do so.”
More to follow.
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