The Ashes: Perth Test under a cloud of fixing

A British media house has produced the evidence of match fixing in the third Ashes test match between Australia and England in Perth. It reports that bookmakers have offered to fix parts of the Perth test.

 The Sun has published a video in which a person, who the newspaper claims is a bookmaker, is trying to make an offer or selling details of rigged periods of play, which is called spot-fixing in cricket terminology. He can be heard saying, “I will tell you this over, how many runs will be scored and you have to put all the money on that over” in the video. The information in the video on fixes is estimated to be around $150,000.

 After the news broke out, the international governing body of cricket International Cricket Council (ICC) came out stating that there is no evidence that the third Ashes test has been “corrupted”. However, ICC said that they consider all allegations of corruption seriously and welcome The Sun’s offer to share this information.

 Cricket Australia has released a statement saying it will cooperate with the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption unit to investigate the matter. The cricket board of Australia also said that the allegations “are of serious concern” and the board “takes a zero-tolerance approach against anybody trying to bring the game into disrepute.”

 The England and Wales Cricket Board has published a statement saying that the ECB has pledged to work closely with the ICC and their Anti-Corruption unit to protect the integrity of the international game.

 Apart from the test match, the alleged bookie also mentions fixing “four to five” Big Bash League matches, which is Australia’s domestic Twenty20 competition.

 Australia leads the five-match Ashes series 2-0, after registering wins in Brisbane and Adelaide. The hosts look to wrap up the series and regain the Ashes with a victory at the WACA Perth.

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