A startling Al Jazeera report has revealed that 15 international cricket matches were alleged spot-fixed by players from England, Australia, and Pakistan from 2011 to 2012. In a report published on Sunday, Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit has claimed that it has uncovered evidence of corruption at the highest levels of international cricket. Spot Fixing has been one of the major issues concerning ICC from a long time, there have been quite a few cases in the past, that were reported and strict actions were taken against them.
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.
Al Jazeera has obtained purported recordings of a match-fixer calling in the fixes to a notorious Indian bookmaker linked to the organized crime. He is unaware that the recordings were leaked. 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).
The files suggest that the suspected fixes were usually carried out by batsmen who agreed to underperform. Some of the world’s most famous players were batting when the fixes allegedly occurred.
Many of the matches appear to include multiple fixes, making a total of 26 fixes in the 15 matches.
Here is a list of the matches involved in Spot-fixing which has been highlighted by Al-Jazeera:
Australia v England, ODI, 21.01.2011
Australia v Zimbabwe, ODI World Cup, 21.02.2011
England v Bangladesh, ODI World Cup, 11.03.2011
England v Pakistan, Test, 03-06.02.2012
England v India, Test, 21-25.07.2011
South Africa v Pakistan, T20I World Cup, 28.09.2012