Top cricketers, including Pakistanis, implicated in spot-fixing scandal

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DUBAI: Several top international cricketers from England, Australia, and Pakistan have been found involved in corruption and match-fixing, claimed Al Jazeera in a report yesterday. The Qatar-based news channel said it had evidence involving “two dozen fixes in 15 international matches”. “The evidence, from 2011 and 2012, points to a small group of England players allegedly carrying out spot-fixes in seven matches; Australia players in five matches; Pakistan players in three, with players from other teams carrying out spot-fixes in one match. In some cases, both teams appear to have delivered a fix,” it said. The report did not name any cricketers. Al Jazeera said it has possession of “purported recordings” of a match fixer who was in contact with a known Indian bookmaker linked to organised crime.

“The matches in which fixes were allegedly carried out include England versus India at Lord’s Cricket Ground, South Africa versus Australia in Cape Town and several matches during England’s series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE),” stated the report. The Al Jazeera report said several fixes were a part of those matches, putting the number of fixes at 26 in a total of 15 matches. The report mentioned 15 matches involving match fixes, including four matches involving Pakistan from 2011 to 2012. —Agencies

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