Ashes fixing controversy: Sobers ‘has never been to U.K. or Australia’, claims father

Sobers Jordan, a former Delhi age-group cricketer, is in the spotlight due to a sting operation by British tabloid ‘The Sun’.

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland speaks about match fixing allegations on Thursday. The board has said the allegations are of concern to it.   -  AP

Sobers Joban, a central character in the Ashes spot-fixing controversy, has never been to the U.K. or Australia, according to his father. Sobers, a former age-group cricketer from Delhi, is in the spotlight due to a sting operation by British tabloid ‘The Sun’; he was seen alongside a bookie claiming to fix Ashes Tests (Tests featuring Australia and England) for GBP 140,000.

His father Baljeet Joban claimed Sobers “only goes to Dubai and Russia.”

“My son has never been to U.K. or Australia and they (The Sun) are claiming that he could have fixed an Ashes Test. He only goes to Dubai and Russia. Russia, because he has a Russian girlfriend whom he will marry,” he was quoted as saying by PTI.

‘Conspiracy’

Sobers’ acquaintance with Saxena is unknown to Baljeet, who claims the current mess is part of a “conspiracy.”

“I can’t keep track of everything that my adult son does. I don’t know about his friend circle. All I know this is a part of a larger conspiracy,” he said.

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According to an official of the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association, neither Baljeet, a former administrative manager of various Delhi age group teams, nor Sobers “would know any England or Australia player.”

“I am fully convinced that neither Sobers nor Baljeet knows any top Ranji cricketer, leave alone India player. They may get an odd selfie for FB post. I don’t think this fellow would know any England or Australia player,” the official was quoted as saying by PTI.

“But if he is that small fry or a pawn in a bigger conspiracy or was acting as a conduit for bookmakers or fixing syndicate needs to be probed by [International Cricket Council’s] anti corruption unit,” he added.

The ICC’s anti-corruption unit has clarified there hasn’t been any evidence of corruption in the ongoing Test in Perth.

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