The ICC have found no evidence of corruption in the Ashes, following an expose report from The Sun newspaper the day before the Perth Test.
The Sun claimed two of their undercover reporters had been offered £140,000 to spot-fix during the test match at the WACA, but it turns out that there was no evidence found that the game was fixed.
This would have affected markets such as the exact amount of runs that were scored in an over, or the increments at which wickets fell.
An investigation was launched by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit, with reports to be cross referenced and analysed to determine if foul-lay was at work. Despite this, the ACSU made it apparent at the start of their investigation that they did not believe the Perth Test was under any threat from sinister forces of corruption.
Two months on, the ACSU confirmed there is no evidence to suggest matches, officials, or players have been involved in corruption-related activities.
The general manager of the ACSU Alex Marshall said:
We have carried out an extensive global investigation with anti-corruption colleagues from Member countries based on the allegations in The Sun and the material they shared with us. I am satisfied that there is no evidence to suggest any match has been corrupted by the individuals in the investigation nor is there any indication that any international players, administrators or coaches have been in contact with the alleged fixers.