ICC clears air over Magellan Ashes 2017-18 match fixing
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 14: Steve Smith of Australia tosses the coin as Joe Root of England looks on during day one of the Third Test match of the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at the WACA on December 14, 2017 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone - CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

The world cricket body International Cricket Council (ICC) has dismissed speculations of match-fixing during the recently-concluded Ashes Test series. Notably, ICC launched an investigation after English tabloid The Sun reported an allegation.

As per reports, underground bookmakers from India offered to sell information regarding spot-fixing. It further forced the Dubai-based Board to act swiftly.

Spot-fixing occurs when corrupt players agree to manipulate part of a match.

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Marshall spoke about the spot-fixing menace. Photo Credit: ICC.

The general manager of ICC, Alex Marshall admitted that they carried out an extensive global investigation.

“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, Alex said in a statement.

In addition to, Marshall added that there was no evidence to back the report.

“I am satisfied that there is no evidence to suggest any match has been corrupted. There are no indications that alleged fixers had any contact any international players, administrators or coaches,” added Marshall.

Australia trounces England in Tests:

Australia demolished England 4-o in the Ashes Down Under to bring back the Ashes. The pace trio of Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, and Mitchell Starc demolished the England batting line-up. Steve Smith was consistent than ever.

ICC clears air over Magellan Ashes 2017-18 match fixing
(Photo by Robert Cianflone – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

However, England came back stronger to win the ODI series by 4-1. England played an aggressive brand of cricket.

Meanwhile, England Australia is playing tri-nation T20 series involving New Zealand. Australia is sitting atop with two wins from two matches.

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