England cricket team deny corruption and spot-fixing claims

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English and Australian cricketers alleged to have been involved in spot-fixing are set to be interviewed by the International Cricket Council after an undercover investigation by Al Jazeera into corruption.

The England cricket team and captain Joe Root have been forced to deny “outrageous” spot-fixing claims after a documentary alleged that players rigged a test match in India.

The programme alleges that a known match-fixer called Aneel Munawar told undercover investigators about a spot-fixing scheme involving three English players, who were not named by the programme.

Spot-fixing involves trying to manipulate part of a match, and is different to match-fixing as there is no attempt to influence the outcome of the game.

The programme alleges that players were played by criminals connected to illegal betting operators in India to fix the number of runs that could be scored in specific ten-over windows.

The Al Jazeera documentary secretly filmed Munawar claiming he could arrange spot-fixes with UK and Australian players who were paid around £750,000 for their in involvement.

The ICC said it is taking the allegations “extremely seriously” and would conduct full investigation.

Root called the allegations “outrageous” saying that the England players have been told they have “nothing to worry about.”


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