Cricket Australia has responded to reports of alleged attempted spot fixing in the Third Ashes Test and the Big Bash League.
Reports emerged on Thursday morning that the International Cricket Council has launched an investigation after British newspaper, The Sun, published evidence of bookmakers attempting to sell details of rigged periods of play which could be bet on and net millions of dollars.
“The allegations raised by media outlets are of serious concern. Cricket Australia takes a zero-tolerance approach against anybody trying to bring the game into disrepute,” Cricket Australia said in a statement.
“Cricket Australia will co-operate fully with any ICC Anti-Corruption Unit investigation.
“Australian cricket has a long-standing, proactive approach to sports integrity management and Cricket Australia has a dedicated Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) to prevent corruption within Australian domestic competitions, including the BBL.
“In addition to this, all players participating in CA sanctioned competitions, including the BBL, are required to complete an anti-corruption education session before they can compete.
“CA works closely with the ICC ACU on all international fixtures played in Australia.
“Players are able to report any suspicions they have on a confidential basis and in the past there has been a strong Australian player culture to do so.”
The Sun’s video footage shows two men, reportedly bookmakers, allegedly offering to sell details of rigged periods of play which could be bet on to win millions of dollars.
The two men request up to £140,000 ($245,000) to “spot fix” markets such as the exact amount of runs scored in an over.