ECB dismiss match-fixing allegations against England players

Cricket chiefs at the ECB have dismissed any allegations of match fixing by England players that have been made in a TV documentary.

Following on from an earlier programme the latest hour long offering from Al Jazeera claimed that unnamed players from England were involved in spot-fixing in seven matches dating back to 2011 and 2012.

It also makes similar accusations of Australian and Pakistani players without naming them, while also suggesting it has a taped conversation with an England player purporting to be discussing payments around spot fixing.

However the programme has continued to fail to pass on all its information and evidence to the ICC and the ECB despite requests and what it has provided has been disappointing.

An ECB spokesperson said: “The ECB takes its responsibilities on anti-corruption and preserving the integrity of cricket very seriously.

“Whilst the limited information we have been given by Al Jazeera is poorly prepared and lacks clarity and corroboration it has been properly assessed.

“Analysis of this by the ECB Integrity Team has cast no doubt on the integrity or behaviour of any England player, current or former.”

The ICC’s head of anti-corruption Alex Marshall added: “We take any allegations it may make seriously and will investigate fully. However, I must refute the assertion that cricket does not take the issue of corruption seriously, we have more resources than ever before working to rid our sport of corruption.

“As with the first programme we have, and will continue to ask for the cooperation of the broadcaster.”

England play their fifth one-day international against Sri Lanka on Tuesday.

They have an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series so far ahead of the final encounter in Colombo.

Jonny Bairstow is a doubt for England after injuring his ankle playing football.

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