ICC investigating more match fixing allegations

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    Sun investigation smashes bookies’ multi-million pound plot to rig third Ashes test


    Jake Ryan, The Sun
    7 minutes ago



    CRICKET chiefs launched a probe today after The Sun handed over a bombshell dossier on attempts to fix the Third Ashes Test.

    Two bookies offered to sell us details of rigged periods of play which could be bet on to win millions of dollars.

    They asked for up to £140,000 (A$245,000) to “spot fix” markets such as the exact amount of runs scored in an over.

    The Indian Mr Big said: “Before match. I will tell you this over, this runs and then you have to put all the bets on that over.”

    Asked if it was a good source he said: “Absolutely correct information.”

    The pair said corrupt players “signal” the fix is on by making a subtle gesture on the field, such as changing their gloves.

    Spotters in the crowd then tell bookies who quickly bet millions into the underground Indian market.

    The pair reeled off players they say work as their “puppets”.

    They also claimed to be working with a fixer in Australian cricket known as The Silent Man.

    He is said to work with former and current internationals including a World Cup-winning all-rounder.

    No current England stars were named as involved.

    The International Cricket Council said our revelations were of “grave concern”, adding: “We take all allegations of corruption seriously and welcome The Sun’s offer to share this information.”

    Cricket corruption expert Ed Hawkins added: “This is potentially disastrous for the game. The Ashes is one of the pillars of cricket.”

    The Mr Big, ex-state cricketer Sobers Joban, and partner Priyank Saxena, a tobacco businessman and bookmaker, were secretly filmed at hotels in Dubai and Delhi in our four-month investigation.

    The Third Ashes Test started overnight in Perth, Australia, and is due to last five days.

    Joban said he could get players to follow “scripts” — such how many runs would be scored in a session, or an innings, when a wicket will fall and what a team would do if it won the toss.

    He said: “I will give you work in Ashes Test. Session runs. Maybe day one, two, three. We have two session work, one session costs 60 lakh rupees (£69,000), two sessions 120 lakh rupees (138,000).

    “If you are interested Priyank will talk to the Silent Man. If you want to go with him all right, but you will not sit in meeting. I don’t know what he give, script or session.

    “Right now if I tell you he want one crore (£116,000), he might want five crores (£580,000).”

    Asked if the offer was confirmed, Saxena, replied: “One thousand per cent”.

    Later in two recorded calls, Saxena said he had spoken to The Silent Man and a fix attempt was due in the middle of the Ashes.

    He said: “I have sent the email (to Australia) and am waiting for a reply. When I am sure everything is confirmed then I will pass it on.

    “I have to go to Australia with someone. I’ll meet the Man, he will tell me the script and the rate.”

    Last week in another call, Joban confirmed the fix attempt was on.

    He said: “You have to give advance money in India. ***** will tell you each and everything, how to put on bet. I will give you exact figure, like 10 overs, 35 runs.”

    In a call this week Joban said details would be passed on after the toss “maybe on day one or two”.

    He added: “The Australian bookmakers will buy this match so it will be perfect, perfect news.”

    Experts believe the Perth Test is a target for Indian fixers as the time difference to Delhi is 2½ hours — making high speed telephone betting trades easier.

    The bookies also bragged they can corrupt games in lucrative Twenty20 leagues such as Australia’s Big Bash and the Indian Premier League (IPL).

    They urged our investigators, who posed as financiers for underworld London bookies, to pour millions into a new Zimbabwean league where matches would be fixed.

    Joban said his gang often don’t arrange fixes on the first and last matches of series to avoid suspicion.

    He boasted he had carried out 17 to 18 fixes with two IPL teams.

    He said the tournament, and India’s illegal betting market — valued at £1 billion, had opened up the possibility of corrupting stars.

    He said: “The players have their own bookies and agents, this IPL teach the world about fixing and money.”

    Over ten years he claimed to have made “a lot of contacts” with South African, Australian and Pakistani players, who wanted “money guaranteed” and “security”.

    Joban alleged one Test player had been paid £175,000 to bowl a wide to manipulate the run rate in a Twenty20 game.

    Another batsman was said to have earned bookies a fortune by losing his wicket on the sixth ball of an over.

    Speaking of the players’ gestures Joban said: “They are well signalled in advance. In every IPL match the signals are purposely not shown on the live broadcasts.

    “I give you a red watch, you wear a red watch.

    “In the IPL five T-shirts will be the full size, five will be half sleeves. A player bowls the over in full T-shirt, that is the signal.

    “A wide, running in and stopping without bowling, so many signals.”

    Once a signal is called in by a spotter, Joban said bookies have two to three minutes to get bets on.

    He said: “Phone line is connected and you just call the bets. You sit in twos and threes and fours.”

    Crooked players are paid by hawala, a system which operates outside of regular banking.

    Our reporters were told hawala agents in South Africa received funds on behalf of players there.

    Mafia syndicate D Company is one of the biggest controllers of such transfers and has been linked to corruption in cricket.

    Cricket expert Mr Hawkins said of our investigation: “It’s absolutely bombshell stuff that we are talking about The Ashes in this context. People didn’t think series as big as that would be affected by bookies.”

    An ICC spokesman said: “These are serious allegations and of grave concern. Our anti-corruption unit will continue working to uphold integrity in cricket focusing on education, prevention and disruption of any attempts to corrupt, including in relation to the third Test in Australia.”


    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...t/news-story/b9f9b563b4843d7fd0c8c86e90dace35
     
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    Statement from James Sutherland

    Cricket Australia says reports of alleged attempts of spot-fixing in the third Magellan Ashes Test and upcoming matches in the KFC Big Bash League are a "serious concern", reiterating its zero-tolerance approach to corruption.

    The International Cricket Council has launched an investigation after UK newspaper The Sun published purported evidence of bookmakers offering to sell details of rigged periods of play for betting purposes.

    "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," a CA spokesperson said.

    "Cricket Australia will co-operate fully with any ICC Anti-Corruption Unit investigation."

    The report in The Sun suggests video information on fixes are heard to be worth around $AUD 200,000.

    "Before match, I will tell you this over, this runs and then you have to put all the bets on that over," a man, who the newspaper claims is a bookmaker, says in purportedly undercover video footage.

    There is also mention of fixing "four to five" BBL matches.

    In a statement issued on Thursday ahead of the third Test, the ICC's anti-corruption manager Alex Marshall says he's confident there's no evidence to suggest the match has been corrupted.

    "We have now received all materials relating to The Suninvestigation," said Marshall. "We take the allegations extremely seriously and they will be investigated by the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit working with anti-corruption colleagues from Member countries.

    "From my initial assessment of the material, there is no evidence, either from The Sun or via our own intelligence, to suggest the current Test Match has been corrupted.

    "At this stage of the investigation, there is no indication that any players in this Test have been in contact with the alleged fixers.

    "The allegations are wide ranging and relate to various forms cricket in several countries, including T20 tournaments. We will look closely at all the information as part of our investigation."

    All players who take part in CA competitions complete anti-corruption education.

    "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 comptetitons, including the BBL," a CA spokesperson said.

    "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 report alleges that bookmakers are working with a "fixer" involved in Australian cricket who "is said to work with former and current internationals including a World Cup-winning all-rounder".

    It suggests that corrupt players signal to bookmakers that a fix is on with subtle gestures such as changing their gloves.

    The report names former Indian state cricketer Sobers Joban, who played representative junior cricket for Delhi, as one of the alleged fixers.

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    The England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed there's no suggestion any England players are involved.

    "The ECB work closely with the ICC and their Anti-Corruption unit to protect the integrity of the international game," an ECB spokesperson said..

    "We are aware of these allegations and there is no suggestion that any of the England team is involved in any way."


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    Cricket match-fixing investigation turns to Australians named by Indian bookmakers


    Ben Horne, Jake Ryan & John Etheridge
    The Daily Telegraph
    December 15, 2017 11:00pm



    ANTI-CORRUPTION officials are flying out to interview an ex-Australian cricket star and top administrator over allegations of match fixing.

    The Australians were named by two Indian bookies during an investigation into a plot to spot-fix the third Ashes test at the WACA.

    Cricket authorities are investigating six separate match-fixing cases involving approaches to three international captains, including those from Pakistan and Zimbabwe.

    The Sun newspaper, which carried out the investigation into Indian bookies Sobers Joban and Priyank Saxena, said the ICC’s anti-corruption investigating team will start interviewing the ex-player and official “within days” and would fly to Australia to do so.

    Anti-corruption officers flew from the International Cricket Council’s Dubai headquarters to London yesterday to look at The Sun’s dossier, with the head of the unit praising News Corp for bringing the matter to their attention.

    Cricket Australia is supremely confident that players and officials have nothing to hide and take pride in the fact that the Big Bash has an unblemished record as the only major T20 league in the world that’s been entirely corruption-free.

    The ICC quickly dismissed the doubts cast over the integrity of the current Ashes Test in Perth as baseless, but have refused to dismiss the other claims until a thorough investigation is completed.

    Anti-corruption chief Alex Marshall said the investigation would take “weeks” and would take place in secret without media commentary.

    The ICC is pledging to leave no stone unturned with their investigation, and it appears speaking to the ex-Australian star and Australian administrator would be key in their quest to speak to all “witnesses”, even if they’re dismissed as suspects.

    “This needs to be a very thorough investigation. These are serious allegations,” said Marshall.

    “We will use all the proper investigative techniques. We’ll want to speak to all the key witnesses in this case. They may well be suspects that we need to find and interview.

    “We’ll look to secure all the evidence and the material that is available and, yes, amongst our powers is the ability to demand from participants that they hand over their mobile phone.”

    Match fixing is a criminal offence in Australia and if evidence was found involving Australians, the ICC would pursue suspects in conjunction with Australian Federal Police.

    “As we look through the material we’ll make an assessment of whether there might be any criminal aspects to it,” said Marshall.

    The ICC has warned perpetrators that they have access to spy technology and investigators can recover deleted or destroyed material.


    https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/n...s/news-story/4a9e835208a7e677d265a777940a4564
     
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    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Unfortunately this Perth Test was mentioned by these scumbags as 'fixable'.

    How sad this was followed by a first day of underperforming by our bowlers, and a couple of catches dropped, may well cause smoke for rumour spreaders. I would reject any suggestion one or more of our current side are involved in this as they are too motivated to get the Ashes back!
     
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    It won't surprize me if this whole thing is a fabrication by a pommy tabloid.
    After the royal commission into the press in England a few years ago, nothing would be a surprize. They will literally do anything for a story, including making stuff up.
     
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    Yep reeks of our darkest day in sport.
     
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