New Delhi: News channel Al Jazeera recently claimed that India’s Test series played against England in 2016 and 2017 against Australia were fixed. The ICC has now rejected this claim on Monday. The ICC said that the manner in which the game was described as a fix was completely anticipated and hence it is unthinkable to call it a fix.
Al Jazeera claimed
Al Jazeera claimed in his documentary ‘Cricket Match Fixers’ released in 2018 that there were test fixes against England in Chennai in 2016 and against Australia in Ranchi in 2017. The ICC also gave a clean chit to the five people shown by the channel, saying that their behavior may be suspicious but no evidence has been found against them.
In the program, an alleged bookie Anil Munawar was shown claiming that he had a history of fixing and that the Indian team captained by Virat Kohli has two matches in the fix matches. The ICC investigated those claims. The ICC said in a release that it had conducted investigations with four independent betting and cricket experts. The release further said, “The four said that the part of the game which was allegedly called the fix was completely anticipated and cannot be called a fix.”
The ICC did not disclose the names of the individuals who were given a clean chit but sources say that they included former Pakistan cricketer Hasan Raza, Sri Lanka’s Tharanga Indica and Tharindu Mendis. He participated in the investigation of the ICC. Mumbai’s first-class cricketer Robin Maurice was also mentioned in it but he was not involved in the investigation.
The ICC further said, ‘Under the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code, no charges were made against these five. There was no solid and reliable evidence against him. ICC General Manager (Integrity) Alex Marshall said, ‘The claims made in the program were weak. After examining them, it was found that they were not even reliable and this was what the four experts believed.