ICC launches investigation into claims of match-fixing in Test cricket
By PA Sport
Last Updated: 27/05/18 6:59pm
The ICC has launched an investigation into claims of match-fixing in Test cricket made in a documentary by Al Jazeera.
A report in the Telegraph on Friday said the documentary would show a groundsman telling undercover reporters that the outcome of England's Test against Sri Lanka in Galle, starting in November, can be influenced.
It alleged the pitch can be doctored so that a draw is impossible, meaning anyone involved in such a scheme would back against that outcome. There is no suggestion that any players would be involved.
Alex Marshall from the ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit, said in a statement: "The ICC has now had the opportunity to view the documentary into corruption in cricket and as we have previously stated, we are taking the contents of the programme and the allegations it has made extremely seriously.
"A full investigation led by the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit, working with full cooperation from all Member countries identified in the programme, is now underway to examine each claim made.
"We have been in ongoing dialogue with the broadcaster which has refused our continual requests to cooperate and share information which has hampered our investigation to date. The content of the programme, is of course useful to the investigation, but I would now urge the production team to provide us with all un-edited and unseen evidence they are in possession of, to enable us to expedite a thorough investigation.
"Given this is a live investigation and one that is likely to be subject to the legal process, it is not possible to provide any further comment.
"Our Anti-Corruption Unit is committed to working to uphold integrity in cricket and would urge anyone with any information to contact us."
The ECB told the Press Association: "The ECB are aware of the planned Al Jazeera documentary, though not the full content. We endorse the ICC's position and fully support their work and investigations."
Sri Lanka Cricket has also promised the "fullest co-operation" with the ICC investigation and said in a statement it showed "zero tolerance towards corruption and will take immediate action against any person involved in the alleged incident, if found guilty".
The first Test between Sri Lanka and England in Galle will start on November 6.