No evidence against Indian bookies in Ashes 'Match-Fixing' case

No legal action can be taken by either the English Police or Australian Police against the bookies.

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A British newspaper claimed to exposed attempts to rig the third Test in the ongoing Ashes series at Perth. Two bookmakers, including an Indian "Mr Big", allegedly offered to sell details of rigged periods of play which could be bet on to win huge sums, The Sun reported.

One of them claimed to have worked on the scam with former and current internationals including a World Cup-winning all-rounder. They said they liaised with a fixer in Australian cricket known as "The Silent Man".

However, Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) chief Neeraj Kumar on Saturday said that no evidence was found against the two Indians in the alleged Ashes ‘fixing’ case.

He said, “There has been no fixing, there are claims made against the two by Sun reporters.”

“These two [Sobers Joban and Priyank Saxena] are in our radar and they are known to us for quite some time. They are persons of interest. But since no crime has been committed as yet so no legal action can be taken by either the English Police or Australian Police or us," Kumar added.

Earlier, International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption general manager Alex Marshall had also said that so far no evidence has been discovered to support the alleged sport fixing of the third Ashes.

However, the ICC said that suitable investigation will be commenced in the matter.

Asked if ICC and BCCI are in touch, the ACU chief said, “ICC is in touch with us, they are aware that these two people are in our record. And we have offered to them that if in the course of their investigation they need our help, we are always willing to extend our assistance to them.”

He notified that no evidence of fixing have been found against the two Indians, however, there is evidence of them being suspicious.

“They are persons of interests who should be avoided by aspiring cricketers because they have the potential to indulge in corrupt practices,” he said.

By Sihyeu Prakash Singh - 17 Dec, 2017

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