THREE worldwide cricket captains have been approached by match-fixers up to now ten weeks, it has been revealed within the wake of The Solar’s investigation.
Cricket’s anti-corruption unit admitted right now they’re at the moment in the midst of SIX reside investigations into alleged makes an attempt to rig play and manipulate betting markets.
Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed, Graeme Cremer of Zimbabwe and an unnamed captain are understood to have rebuffed affords from representatives of crooked bookies and flagged them as much as the Worldwide Cricket Council (ICC) integrity unit .
Sarfraz, 30 – who has turned skipper of the Pakistan workforce in all codecs this 12 months – was contacted earlier than a one-day sport towards Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi in October.
Zimbabwe captain Cremer, 31, is reported to have turned down a suggestion from a former Zimbabwe Cricket board member to spot-fix throughout their Check sequence towards the West Indies.
The revelations comply with The Solar’s investigation into match-fixing that smashed a multi-million pound plot to repair the Third Ashes Check in Perth between England and Australia.
Indian bookmakers Sobers Joban and Priyank Saxena have been filmed providing to promote our reporter particulars of spot-fixing throughout the Check that began right now.
They wished £140,000 to repair sure markets, together with the variety of runs scored in an over.
The ICC has launched an investigation into our revelations that has despatched shockwaves by way of the cricket world.
Former England star and TV pundit Kevin Pietersen tweeted ‘Wow!!!!!!!’.
Bookie Joban additionally claimed an Australian participant and an Aussie cricket administrator had handed on details about spot fixes.
However Cricket Australia, who run the game within the nation, denied there was any suspicion on their gamers.
CA chief government James Sutherland mentioned: “There is no such thing as a substance to those allegations or justification to suspect that this Check match or certainly the Ashes sequence as a complete is topic to deprave actions.”
FIXERS HIT FOR SIX We smash multi-million pound plot to rig Third Ashes Check
ICC anti-corruption chief Alex Marshall mentioned an investigation can be launched into the brand new claims about Australian involvement.
“We’re conducting a reside investigation and can do this by specializing in the details, intelligence and proof at hand,” he mentioned.
“We can be wanting intimately on the allegations, in search of any corroboration of what has been alleged, both from the Solar’s personal investigation or our personal intelligence, and we can be analyzing whether or not there may be any proof which we are able to now use.
“The power to obtain cell phones is one a part of the investigative toolkit.”
Joban additionally instructed our undercover investigators, posing as underworld bookmakers, they may make tens of millions in bets payouts on Twenty20 tournaments together with the Huge Bash in Australia, the Indian Premier League and the Bangladesh Premier League.
No present England stars are named as being concerned.
The England and Wales Cricket Board mentioned in an announcement: “ECB work carefully with the ICC and their anti-corruption unit to guard the integrity of the worldwide sport.
“We’re conscious of those allegations and there’s no suggestion that any of the England workforce is concerned in any approach.”
Earlier than the toss in Perth, Australia captain Steve Smith mentioned he was conscious of the allegations and that there’s “no place for that in our sport”.
“So far as I do know there’s nothing that has been happening or something like that,” the Australia captain instructed TV.