ICC taking corruption allegations "extremely seriously"

Match fixers have targeted England's first test on their tour of Sri Lanka

Match fixers have targeted England's first test on their tour of Sri Lanka

A documentary aired on Al Jazeera, has alleged two Australian batsmen were involved in spot fixing during a 10 over session in a test match against India previous year.

Two Australian batsmen have been accused of fixing a match against India a year ago.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) have launched an investigation into the programme, which also accusers unnamed players from England and Australia of involvement in spot-fixing in matches against India.

The England players have denied these charges, while Australians have said they do not have credible evidence on their players being part of corruption in the game.

So far no Indian player has been named in the documentary, titled Cricket's Match Fixers.

Cricket authorities in England and Australia have backed their players.

Root and Bayliss's words were endorsed by European Central Bank chief executive Tom Harrison, who said neither his organisation nor the ICC had "any credible evidence" of corruption involving England players.

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tom Harrison said there was no evidence behind the allegations.

"Sri Lanka Cricket chose to suspend with immediate effect the alleged individuals involved in the said incident against whom the ICC is carrying out investigations", the board said.

Harrison added: "Neither ECB nor the ICC is aware of any credible evidence connecting any England players to any form of corruption".

"Cricket Australia and the ICC take a zero-tolerance approach against anyone trying to compromise the integrity of the game".

Earlier, England coach Trevor Bayliss had described allegations his side fixed aspects of a Test against India at Chennai in 2016 as "outrageous".

"I certainly know it has never been spoken about in Australian dressing rooms I've been involved in", he said.

ICC officials are due to meet with the Qatar-based broadcaster this week following a request for all unedited materials sourced during the making of Cricket's Match Fixers, the documentary that was aired on Sunday, to be shared with them.

The Executive Board also made a decision to suspend with immediate effect the alleged individuals involved in the said incident against whom ICC is carrying out investigations.

Tharindu Mendis, a player from Colombo, and Tharanga Indika, the curator of the Galle International Stadium, were featured in the documentary broadcast on Sunday, which showed them talking about doctoring pitches during a meeting with an undercover reporter.

"But, having been there [in Chennai], outrageous is all I can say".

He is said to have played a role in doctoring the pitch during the Australia vs Sri Lanka Test played between 4th and 8th August that ended in three days with Sri Lanka winning by 229 runs.

"A full investigation led by the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit, working with full co- operation from all member countries identified in the program, is now underway to examine each claim made".

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