England cricketers 'emphatically deny' match fixing claims


Harrison added: "Neither ECB nor the ICC is aware of any credible evidence connecting any England players to any form of corruption".

CA requested Al Jazeera for raw footage and un-edited material to assess the allegations and determine whether an investigation was necessary.

According to the former national cricketer, Pramodya Wickramasinghe, this is what they have been highlighting continuously and several names have also been mentioned.

The pitch-fixing claims come from a documentary to be broadcast by Al Jazeera on Monday.

"Together with the ICC, we are aware of the investigation by Al Jazeera into alleged corruption in cricket", he said in a statement. There is no suggestion that any players would be involved.

Australia will look to find the right balance between being "respectful" and "competitive" during their limited-overs series in England next month, says captain Tim Paine.

The men were reportedly discussing ways to prepare the pitch to ensure that the first Test at the Galle ground would not end in a draw and would yield a result in less than four days.

The International Cricket Council had launched an investigation into corruption allegations in the sport made in a documentary to be aired by news organisation Al Jazeera on Sunday. He told The Guardian, "There is nothing we have seen that would make us doubt any of our players in any way whatsoever".

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Al-Jazeera has aired claims that three England players batted to order during the fifth test against India in Chennai in December, 2016, and a similar allegation has been aimed at two Australian batsman when playing against India during the third test in Ranchi a year ago.

England Test captain Joe Root and coach Trevor Bayliss said the allegations were "outrageous", although both said they had not seen the documentary.

An alleged match-fixer belonging to Dawood Ibrahim's D-Company was filmed on camera naming two Australian players and three England players for colluding with them to fix sessions.

The ICC says it is taking the allegations "very seriously".

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday said that it has a zero-tolerance approach to any activity or act that brings the game of cricket to disrepute or mars the integrity of the game.

"A full investigation led by the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit, working with full cooperation from all Member countries identified in the programme, is now underway to examine each claim made".

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said it would follow ICC guidelines on anti-corruption operations for forthcoming tours. A player stands to make half-a-million dollars in 10 days, adds Rajkumar, adding an worldwide cricketer who wants to be part of the fixing game can earn "40 times more money than his appearance fee".

Sri Lanka Cricket later said in a statement that it would fully cooperate with the world governing body as they probe the allegations and that their CEO Ashley De Silva was in contact with ICC's anti-corruption unit and CEO David Richardson.