According to a new investigation the one-day and Twenty20 World Cups, plus high-profile Test series against India and Pakistan, were all fixed. In investigation it was revealed that a small group of England players were involved in spot-fixing during seven international matches in 2011 and 2012. All these games feature in recorded phone conversations involving Aneel Munawar, said to be an operative of Mumbai's underworld crime syndicate D-Company.
According to daily mail, in the conversations, broadcast by Al Jazeera's investigative unit, Munawar is heard telling an illegal Indian bookmaker details of numerous spot-fixing he claims to have organised. Though the names of the players have not been revealed but in one recording before 2011 World Cup, Munawar told a supposed England cricketer: 'Congratulations for the Ashes. Last payment is ready for going in the account. You will be credited in a week. 'The player, part of the team who had just helped England to victory in Australia for the first time in 24 years, replies: 'Lovely.'
Al Jazeera says that authenticity of the conversations can not be doubted as they ran it after forensic speech analysts, who concluded the recordings had not been tampered with. The broadcasters question the credibility of 15 international matches across the three formats, claiming 26 spot-fixes were arranged. It is understood that the seven games mentioned by Munawar were the 2011 World Cup matches against Holland, South Africa and Bangladesh, the Lord's Test against India, two of the three Tests against Pakistan in the UAE in 2011-12, and the World Twenty20 match against Afghanistan in 2012.
Munawar claims he pulled out of a plot in early 2017 to fix a Test involving Australia and four matches in the Twenty20 Big Bash League because the players were asking for too much money. However, Cricket Australia described the claims as 'contemptible'. The ECB said analysis by their integrity team of the 'limited information' handed to them by Al Jazeera 'cast no doubt on the integrity or behaviour of any England player, current or former'. The ECB also criticised the broadcasters over the quality of the information, saying it was 'poorly prepared and lacks clarity and corroboration'.
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