In the wake of the latest spot-fixing claims issued by Qatari-based news channel Al Jazeera, the cricket boards of Australia and England have denied the allegations of corruption imposed against them.
If the reports from the channel's website are to be believed, it is learned that cricketers from Australia, England, and Pakistan were involved in a major spot-fixing scam and it proves that corruption is prevalent among the highest levels.
The reports stated that players from the following countries had cheated on seven occasions between the period from 2011 and 2012. The report further stated that the England-India encounter at Lord's, a South Africa-Australia match in Cape Town and several games during England's series against Pakistan in the UAE, had elements of spot-fixing.
However, in the response to these claims, the England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket Australia were quick to dismiss the allegations stating that there is no credible information linking their players to corruption.
The Cricket Australia statement read: "Cricket Australia takes a zero-tolerance approach against anyone trying to compromise the integrity of the game, and to suggest anything otherwise is unsubstantiated and incorrect."
An ECB statement similarly echoed James Sutherland's sentiments: “Whilst the limited information we have been given by Al Jazeera is poorly prepared and lacks clarity and corroboration, it has been properly assessed,” the ECB said. “Analysis of this by the ECB Integrity Team has cast no doubt on the integrity or behaviour of any England player, current or former."
The ICC had hit out at the news channel for not providing unedited footage of the sting since it was first aired earlier this year. However, the world cricketing governing body had now issued a fresh appeal to Al Jazeera.
The statement by the ICC Anti-Corruption General Manager Alex Marshall read as follows: "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.
"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."