According to reports, 3rd Ashes test might be involved in spot-fixing controversy
The ongoing 3rd Ashes Test at Perth has been caught up in a big controversy as the news-tabloid The Sun has warned about the dark clouds of spot-fixers on the test match.
The UK-based newspaper ran an undercover operation for weeks where they got in contact with the spot-fixers. The fixers asked for up to £140,000 for spot-fixing, to find out the exact number of runs to be scored in an over. The reports also claimed that one of the Aussie fixer, nicknamed “The Silent Man” is also involved with former and current cricketers along with a “World-Cup winning all-rounder”.
The reports suggest that two Indian Bookies are involved in this fixing scandal. The bookies claimed to be aware of all the information regarding the runs to be scored in an over and a session. In the shocking claim, the Indian fixers also called players as their “puppets”.
The bookies were caught in the sting video as they boasted their information. “I will give you work in Ashes Test. Session runs. Maybe day one, two, three. We have two session work, one session costs 60 lakh rupees (£69,000), two sessions 120 lakh rupees (£138,000),” said one of the fixer.
Both bookies were quite confident about the information being legit and also explained how the spot-fixing works: The players give a certain signal such as changing gloves or removing helmets to the “spotters” in the crowd. The fixers have a window of 2-3 minutes to place a bet after such gestures. The runs to be scored are decided before the game and bookies place a bet based on that information. In a country like India, where betting is illegal, this move is a gold mine for the fixers. Both bookies also claimed to have fixed matches in BBL and IPL and are also in contact with various South Africa, Pakistan, and Australia players.
Reactions from Cricketing Bodies:
The news shocked the Cricketing world, moments before the historic Ashes test match. ICC released a statement where ICC general manager of corruption said he has received the material from The Sun and will start the investigation soon.“We have now received all materials relating to The Sun investigation. We take the allegations extremely seriously and they will be investigated by the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit working with anti-corruption colleagues from Member countries.”
“From my initial assessment of the material, there is no evidence, either from The Sun or via our own intelligence, to suggest the current Test Match has been corrupted.” Said the general manager.
Both Cricket boards involved also left comments regarding the investigation and assured of helping ICC for corruption-free cricket. “Cricket Australia takes a zero-tolerance approach against anybody trying to bring the game into disrepute. Cricket Australia will co-operate fully with any ICC Anti-Corruption Unit investigation,” said a Cricket Australia spokesperson.
“ECB work closely with the ICC and their Anti-Corruption unit to protect the integrity of the international game. We are aware of these allegations and there is no suggestion that any of the England team is involved in any way.” ECB spokesperson said, talking about the shocking reports.
The 3rd Ashes test match is currently being played at WACA from 14th to 18th December. Australia leads the series 2-0.
I’m so stunned to have any take on this news. Just the thought of spot-fixing spoiling the series as big as The Ashes is hard to digest. The reputation of the most famous test series between two biggest test playing nations is at stakes right now. The complete investigation by ICC will explain everything soon.
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