Al Jazeera sting: No nation immune to spot-fixing, says Adam Gilchrist

first_imgFormer Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist has said “no nation is immune” to spot-fixing after a television sting operation accused England and Australia players of getting involved in corruption activities.However, Gilchrist has refused to believe the corruption allegations made by Al Jazeera TV channel.In the Al Jazeera documentary aired on Sunday, the names of two Australian cricketers were muted and Cricket Australia has now asked the news organization for raw footage of its documentary to check whether allegations of spot-fixing are credible.The International Cricket Council (ICC) has already launched an investigation into corruption allegations in the sport.Michael Atherton finds spot-fixing claims hard to believeThe match in question here is the Test between India and Australia in Ranchi in 2017. The third Test of the four-match series between the cricketing giants had ended in a draw.Batting first, Australia scored 451 in their first innings, courtesy centuries from Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell. In reply, India piled on runs and declared their innings at 603/9, with Cheteshwar Pujara scoring a double century.Australia had reached 204 for six in their second innings before the two captains shook hands and match ended in a draw.”No body, no nation, no team is immune to [spot-fixing] and there’s every chance it’s still going on around the cricketing world,” the former wicketkeeper-batsman said on Back Page Live on Tuesday night3 of India’s Test matches in recent years may have been fixed”So Australia, or England, or whoever they’re accusing – there’s a chance it could be going on, but if you’re that certain, then name them.”advertisementThe legendary cricketer defended the Australian and English cricketers indulging in such a crime as they get lucrative contracts from their respective boards.Spot-fixing allegations made against India-Australia Test, CA wants proof”I refuse to believe – and I’d be disappointed if I was proved otherwise – but England and Australian cricketers are getting paid so much. Unless these bookies have got a hook in these guys and they’ve got something over them from some other part in their life that they don’t want exposed, I can’t imagine why they would want to go and do it,” he said.The Chennai Test between India and England in 2016 has also come under the scanner while the documentary has also alleged Galle pitches in Sri Lanka were doctored.last_img

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