ICC clears spot-fixing allegations from Perth Ashes Test

Australia won the Ashes series 4-1.

Australia won the Perth Test by an innings and 41 runs. (Getty)

According to latest ICC reports, cricket's apex body has lifted allegations of spot-fixing circling around the third Ashes Test in Perth. 

UK's daily tabloid " The Sun" had earlier reported that bookies from India and were involved in spot-fixing allegations. The bookies had offered to sell undercover reporters from the newspaper information about spot-fixing in the third Test between Australia and England in Perth. The newspaper also said it had passed all the evidence to the International Cricket Council, who said they would be investigated by its Anti-Corruption Unit. 

"We have carried out an extensive global investigation with anti-corruption colleagues from Member countries based on the allegations in The Sun and the material they shared with us. I am satisfied that there is no evidence to suggest any match has been corrupted by the individuals in the investigation nor is there any indication that any international players, administrators or coaches have been in contact with the alleged fixers," said Alex Marshall, the ICC General Manager of the Anti-Corruption Unit.

The underground bookmakers had told the reporters that they had previously manipulated matches in the Indian Premier League and were also targeting Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash League. 

"I will give you work in Ashes Test. Session runs. Maybe day one, two, three. We have two session work, one session costs Rs 60 lakh, two sessions Rs 120 lakh," the bookie said in the sting operation done by the newspaper.

The bookies even accepted of working with former international cricketers during the Ashes series. 

The Ashes series was also marred by pitch controversy in the fourth Test in Melbourne. The pitch was rated poor by the ICC after the match ended in a draw. Australia went on to win the Ashes series 4-0.

By Anshuman Roy - 09 Feb, 2018

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