In a recent development, the general manager of International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU)—Alex Marshall—refuted the claims of spot-fixing in Ashes 2017-18. He said the allegations are taken seriously and all the information will be looked at closely.
According to ANI, Marshall stated that ACU did not find any evidence suggesting that the Perth Test had been compromised. He said,
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. The allegations are wide-ranging and relate to various forms cricket in several countries, including T20 tournaments. We will look closely at all the information as part of our investigation.
Also, the CEO of Cricket Australia—James Sutherland—too refuted the claims of spot-fixing in Ashes 2017-18. Sutherland stated that no evidence was found which could prove that the match in WACA was fixed. However, a strict investigation has been ordered on this matter.
As reported by The Indian Express, Sutherland said,
There’s no evidence, substance or justification based on the dossier of information the ICC has received from the news outlet based or on ICC intelligence from previous investigations.
Any credible allegations about corruption in the game will be taken very seriously and investigated.
Earlier, a renowned UK newspaper reported that two Indian bookies were allegedly involved in fixing the match between England and Australia at WACA, Perth. It has also been learned that no English player was involved, however, the operating gang has hired a former Australian cricketer.