A cricket match-fixing syndicate which had its sights on the Ashes has had its cover blown after a four-month investigation by The Sun, and an Australian identity has been implicated.

By Joe McDonough

Posted on December 14, 2017

British newspaper The Sun has uncovered a plot to fix the third Ashes test match in Perth, starting today.

After a four-month investigation, the British newspaper has submitted a dossier to the International Cricket Council, which details how Indian ‘fixers’ Sobers Joban and Priyank Saxena would give “correct information” on the exact number of runs to be scored in a particular over in return for £140,000 — a practice known as spot fixing.

“Before match. I will tell you this over, this runs and then you have to put all the bets on that over,” Mr Joban (a former Indian state cricketer) said.

They explained that a cricketer will make an on-field gesture such as changing gloves to signal that the fix is on.

And in a potentially catastrophic blow to Australian cricket, an identity known as the ‘Silent Man’, who is understood to work with current and former internationals, is involved with the criminal syndicate.

Mr Saxena said he had spoken to The Silent Man and a fix attempt was due in the middle of the Ashes, as the first and last tests of a series are considered too risky.

He said: “I have sent the email [to Australia] and am waiting for a reply. When I am sure everything is confirmed then I will pass it on.

“I have to go to Australia with someone. I’ll meet the Man, he will tell me the script and the rate.”

The ICC says it is a “grave concern”. “We take all allegations of corruption seriously and welcome The Sun’s offer to share this information.”

It has called for an urgent investigation by the anti-corruption unit.

Cricket Australia has since released a statement saying it would fully comply with the anti-corruption unit.

“The allegations raised by media outlets are of serious concern. Cricket Australia takes a zero-tolerance approach against anybody trying to bring the game into disrepute,” a CA spokesperson said.

“Cricket Australia will co-operate fully with any ICC Anti-Corruption Unit investigation.”

More to come.