Dave Richardson demands unedited footage from Al Jazeera

The ICC chief executive wants access to “all the material they have relating to corruption in cricket.”

Dave Richardson has assured that the ICC will conduct a “full, thorough and fair investigation.”   -  AP

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Dave Richardson on Friday reiterated its demand for the unedited footage of Al Jazeera’s sting operation on alleged fixing in Test matches involving big teams like India, Australia and England.

According to Anti-Corruption Unit GM Alex Marshall, Al Jazeera has not co-operated on the issue, a view expressed also by Richardson.

In a statement, Richardson said, “I ask Al Jazeera to release to us all the material they have relating to corruption in cricket. We will conduct a full, thorough and fair investigation and will ensure no stone is left unturned as we examine all allegations of corruption made in the programme. To do so, we need to see all the evidence they state they possess.”

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Al Jazeera is not willing to share unedited footage as it claims it will reveal its sources. Richardson assured the Qatar-based network that its “sources will be protected.”

‘Need to see evidence’

Richardson added, “I am encouraged by their public commitment to co-operate and now ask that they do so, in releasing all relevant material. We understand and fully respect the need to protect journalistic sources and our ACU team have worked with other media companies on that basis. However, to prove or disprove these allegations, we need to see the evidence referred to in the programme.”

The controversy surrounding fixing in the sport has surfaced once again via a documentary by the news organisation.

In it, unnamed Australian and English cricketers, among others, are alleged to have been involved in fixing. Both Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board have come out strongly in support of their players, rejecting any potential charges of corruption.