By PA Sport
Last Updated: 26/05/18 2:45pm
The ECB says it supports the ICC stance on match-fixing after reports that a future England Test may be targeted.
A report in the Telegraph on Friday said a forthcoming Al Jazeera documentary will show a groundsman telling undercover reporters that the outcome of England’s Test against Sri Lanka in Galle, starting in November, can be influenced.
It alleges that the pitch can be doctored so that a draw is impossible, meaning anyone involved in such a scheme would back against that outcome. There is no suggestion that any players would be involved.
Alex Marshall from the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit told the newspaper: “As you would expect, we will take the contents of the programme and any allegations it may make very seriously.”
The ECB supported that, telling the Press Association: “The ECB are aware of the planned Al Jazeera documentary, though not the full content. We endorse the ICC’s position and fully support their work and investigations.”
Sri Lanka Cricket has also promised the “fullest co-operation” with the ICC investigation and said in a statement it showed “zero tolerance towards corruption and will take immediate action against any person involved in the alleged incident, if found guilty”.
The first Test between Sri Lanka and England in Galle will start on November 6.
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