May 18, 2021

ICC clears 5 cricketers from match fixing allegations

ICC has decided to clear five persons including two Sri Lankans from allegations of match fixing over a documentary aired on a foreign television channel.

After an investigation into allegations aired on a TV documentary in 2018 linking England and Australia players being involved in spot-fixing in two Test matches in India, in 2016 and 2017, the ICC has concluded that they were "implausible". 

The two Sri Lankans who faced the allegations were Tharindu Mendis and Thranga Indika who worked at te Galle Cricket Stadium.

Pakistan's former cricketer Hasan Raza has also been cleared,The ICC's anti-corruption unit (ACU) has also cleared five individuals, including two former cricketers, of any charges due to "insufficient evidence".

In 2018, TV channel Al Jazeera released two documentaries titled 'Cricket's Match Fixers' which portrayed various forms of corruption in cricket.

In the first part, released in May 2018, the channel alleged that during parts of the Chennai Test between India and England in 2016 and the India-Australia Test the following year in Ranchi, some England and Australian batsmen scored at a rate specified by fixers for the purposes of betting.

In October 2018, Al Jazeera released the second part of the documentary which alleged 15 international matches in the 2011-12 period had been subject to spot-fixing.

Of the 15 matches Al Jazeera claimed were subject to spot-fix attempts in the 2011-12 period, seven involved England, five Australia, and three Pakistan. Among the matches mentioned were all three Tests of Pakistan's series against England in the UAE in early 2012.