Trevor Bayliss terms spot-fixing allegations by Al Jazeera as ridiculous

ECB denied any corruption claim against its team.

Trevor Bayliss (Winner)

Trevor Bayliss, head coach of the England Cricket Team, reiterated that the recent spot-fixing allegations on his team during the Test match 2016 India versus England Test match in Chennai, are absolutely outrageous and ridiculous.

After his team's nine-wicket loss against Pakistan in the Lord's Test match, Bayliss was asked by the Sky Sports about the allegations that were made during a programme about the spot-fixing by Al Jazeera television channel.

He replied, "Outrageous, I knew a documentary was going to be coming out. I wouldn't have a clue what's in it yet, or seen it. But, having been there (at the Chennai Test), outrageous is all I can say,"

England lost that game by an innings and 75 runs, despite putting up 600 runs on the board in the first passage with the bat. They found out their bowling is just not good enough on a flat wicket against the rampaging Indian batsmen and their batting is inapt the moment ball turned for India's spinners. But nothing about the game was suggestive of it being fixed.

Tom Harrison, England, and Wales Cricket Board chief executive, also talked about the situation and echoed Bayliss's comments.

"There is nothing we have seen that would make us doubt any of our players in any way whatsoever, The limited information we have been given has been discussed with all the England players. They emphatically deny the allegations, have stated categorically that the claims are false and they have our full support."

"Neither ECB nor the ICC is aware of any credible evidence connecting any England players to any form of corruption. ECB had been aware of the planned Al Jazeera documentary for some time but have not been given the full content. There have been repeated requests for any evidence and unedited materials to be shared with the ICC so they can fully investigate. We, like other member boards, are disappointed that Al Jazeera have not been more cooperative and responsible when making such serious allegations. ECB has a regular dialogue with the ICC and its anti-corruption unit, fully supports its work and will continue to cooperate with their review."


By Kashish Chadha - 28 May, 2018

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