Adam Gilchrist has refused to believe the recent spot-fixing allegations made Al Jazeera against his compatriots during the Test match between India and Australia in 2017. However, the former wicket-keeper batsman, in a big statement, has confirmed that no nation is free to spot-fixing.
In the recent Al Jazeera documentary that was telecasted on Sunday about match-fixing, the names of two Australian cricketers were muted. Cricket Australia has now asked the news organization for raw footage of its documentary to check whether allegations of spot-fixing are actually true. Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has already launched an investigation into the allegations in those matches.
The match which comes under the allegation is the Test between India and Australia at Ranchi in 2017. Batting first, Australia scored 451 in their first innings, with centuries from Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell. In reply, India declared their innings at 603/9, with Cheteshwar Pujara scoring a double century. Agins starting the second innings, Australia had reached 204 for six in their second innings before the two captains shook hands and match ended in a draw.
In a recent interview, the legendary wicket-keeper batsman has clarified that no nation is free to spot-fixing after the allegations but confirmed about his surety about non-involvement of his country mates, in this particular incident.
"Nobody, no nation, no team is immune to [spot-fixing] and there's every chance it's still going on around the cricketing world," the former wicketkeeper-batsman said on Tuesday night, as reported by India Today.
"So Australia, or England, or whoever they're accusing - there's a chance it could be going on, but if you're that certain, then name them," he added.
The reason why the legendary cricketer defended the Australian and England cricketers indulging in such a crime because the players are getting a good amount of money from their respective boards.
"I refuse to believe - and I'd be disappointed if I was proved otherwise - but England and Australian cricketers are getting paid so much. Unless these bookies have got a hook in these guys and they've got something over them from some other part in their life that they don't want to be exposed, I can't imagine why they would want to go and do it," he concluded.
The Chennai Test between India and England in 2016 has also come under the scanner while the documentary has also alleged Galle pitch in Sri Lanka was doctored.