Pakistan Rejects Cricket Corruption Allegations By Al Jazeera
Pakistan Rejects Cricket Corruption Allegations By Al Jazeera: A Pakistan Cricket Board spokesperson said that the pictures of cricket players with a bookie do not prove their crime. He added that they have sought an unedited video from the channel.
“The PCB stands firm on its zero-tolerance policy,” he added. The spokesperson said that strict action will be taken against those involved in corruption.
Al Jazeera had claimed that cricketers from Pakistan, Australia and England were involved in fixing cricket matches.
The cricket boards of Australia and England have also rejected the claims made by the news organization.
Al Jazeera says it has obtained “purported recordings of a match-fixer calling in the fixes to a notorious Indian bookmaker linked to the organised crime.”
The matches include six Tests, six One Day Internationals and three T20 World Cup games.
The cricket boards of England and Australia have refuted fresh corruption allegations leveled against them by news channel Al Jazeera.
“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,” Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said Monday.
“We have full confidence in our players in also protecting the game,” he added.
The England Cricket Board stated that there were no credibility in the allegations. “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 stated.
“An analysis of this by the ECB integrity team has cast no doubt on the integrity or behaviour of any England player, current or former,” it added.
Alex Marshall, head of the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption Unit, said that the governing body was dedicated to upholding 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,” Marshall said.
Al Jazeera alleged that English players cheated in seven games between 2011 and 2012. It also claimed Australian players were also similarly involved in fixing five games during the same period.
Pakistani players cheated in three matches and players from other, unidentified, teams cheated in one match, according to the news organisation.
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