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PCB terms Al Jazeera spot-fixing allegations as ‘unsubstantiated’
Corruption in cricket

PCB terms Al Jazeera spot-fixing allegations as ‘unsubstantiated’

The Pakistan Cricket Board termed the spot-fixing allegations from Al Jazeera’s documentaries as ‘unsubstantiated’ as it has 'not been forthcoming with provision of any evidence whatsoever'.

In a follow-up documentary to one aired earlier this year, the Qatar-based broadcaster reported that a small group of players from England, Australia and Pakistan were allegedly involved in spot-fixing.

The documentary states that Pakistan players carried out fixes in as many as three matches during Pakistan's home series against England in the United Arab Emirates. It also shows Umar Akmal receiving a bag from an Aneel Munawar's associate - the mainstay of these fixes, though there is no proof of whether Akmal was involved in any wrongdoing.

The PCB, in its statement, said it is committed to its fight against corruption in cricket, adding that it has and continues to cooperate, assist and coordinate with the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit in respect of investigations related to international cricket.

The board said the recent allegations of corruption emanating from a documentary released by a broadcaster are under review, jointly by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and PCB’s Anti-Corruption Units.

ECB, Cricket Australia dismiss fixing claims

The spot-fixing claims made in the second documentary of Al Jazeera's series Cricket's Match-Fixers have been dismissed by both Cricket Australia and the England Cricket Board.

The documentary had alleged that 7 England and 5 Australia players were involved in spot-fixing during 2011-12 period.

"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," CA chief executive James Sutherland said Monday.

"We have full confidence in our players in also protecting the game."

The ECB was also adamant that the claims lacked credibility.

"Whilst the limited information we have been given by Al Jazeera is poorly prepared and lacks clarity and corroboration, it has been properly assessed," ECB said in a statement.

"Analysis of this by the ECB integrity team has cast no doubt on the integrity or behaviour of any England player, current or former."

ICC to investigate claims, appeals for relevant evidence

The International Cricket Council has responded to the recent revelations by Al Jazeera’s documentary Cricket’s Match-Fixers: The Munawar Files, committing to take the contents of the programme and allegations made seriously.

“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,” read the statement from Alex Marshall, General Manager – ICC Anti-Corruption Unit.

Marshall added that investigation into the alleged claims was already underway.

“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.”

Marshall also appealed the broadcaster to cooperate in the investigation by providing the relevant evidence.

“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."