The ICC has cleared Australia’s players and any of the alleged members of the three nations who were implicated in a match-fixing documentary aired by Al Jazeera in 2018.
In May, 2018, the Doha-based broadcaster released a documentary alleging several matches in South Asia had been influenced by criminal figures. Among these matches was the Ranchi Test of 2017 between Australia and India, in which all-rounder Glenn Maxwell scored his maiden Test century.
Although Al Jazeera left the two Australian players unnamed, it did not adequately blur out the equipment being used by the batsmen, allowing Maxwell to be identified.
The program also alleged the India v England in Chennai in 2016 had been match-fixed.
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On Monday, the ICC announced “no charges will be bought under the ICC Anti-Corruption Code against any of the five Participants to the Code who featured in the program due to insufficient credible and reliable evidence.”
“We welcome the reporting of alleged corrupt activity within cricket as there is no place for such conduct in our sport, but we also need to be satisfied there is sufficient evidence to sustain charges against Participants,” Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager – Integrity said.
“In the case of the claims aired in this program, there are fundamental weaknesses in each of the areas we have investigated that make the claims unlikely and lacking in credibility, a viewpoint that has been corroborated by four independent experts.”
Marshall added that if any further evidence came to light, he would “re-examine the case”.
“I was shocked, I was a bit hurt by it as well,” Maxwell told SEN’s Whateley at the time. “I still remember the feeling after hugging Steve Smith after getting my maiden Test hundred – to have that tarnished by these allegations was pretty devastating.
“Obviously absolutely no truth to it whatsoever (to the allegations)… To tarnish one of the best moments of my career was pretty brutal. The only thing they could have done that would be worse is tarnish that World Cup.
“To say I’d done anything untoward in that game when I’d just finally got back in the Test side, when I’d worked my absolute backside off – to say that I’d do anything to ruin that would be absolutely ridiculous.”