Cricket chiefs wary of domestic T20 corruption threat

Cricket chiefs have identified emerging domestic Twenty20 leagues as the biggest targets for corruption, in the wake of Al Jazeera’s match-fixing claims.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) will meet with Al Jazeera bosses in a bid to investigate fully following the Middle East-based television station’s programme ‘Cricket’s Match-Fixers’.

The documentary focused on the activities of an India-based criminal syndicate member and his methods to fix the results of some matches and passages of play in others.

Chief executive David Richardson has vowed the ICC will fully investigate Al Jazeera’s claims, while admitting that new domestic competitions can be at risk of match-fixing.

Asked if new domestic competitions offer the greatest risk of corruption, Richardson replied: “I think those leagues do provide an additional opportunity for the people that want to get involved and try and fix.

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“So what we need to make sure is that anyone staging a T20 domestic tournament, especially televised, that they have in place minimum standards for dealing with the problem.

“To make sure they have an anti-corruption code in place that is applicable to the tournament, that all the players are educated, and that we are monitoring the franchise owners, the people involved in the tournament, doing due diligence.”

England captain Joe Root and Australia counterpart Tim Paine have both rubbished Al Jazeera’s claims that relate to their teams.

England’s Chennai Test against India in December 2016 and Australia’s match against India in Ranchi last year were both cited in the documentary.