July 19, 2019

Haddin and Watson spot fixing allegation denied

Jeez Shane we have been busted. Nah just kidding - who wants to get a duck against Zimbabwe? That is why we got off to a slowey.

Australian cricket opener Brad Haddin, has laughed off allegations of a spot fixing investigation by the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).

The report carried by the Press Trust of India claims that Australia’s Group A game against Zimbabwe in Ahmedabad was being investigated because of Australia’s slow run rate at the start of their innings.

Australian openers Brad Haddin and Shane Watson scored only five runs in the first two overs and 28 in the first ten. Australia went on to score a reasonable 262 for 6. Zimbabwe were bowled out for 171 in reply.

Brad Haddin speaking to reporters at a training session in Columbo said “It’s quite a laughable story. It’s a joke. We just got off the mark a bit slowly.”

Australian team manager Steve Bernard, was even more dismissive saying the Press Trust story “was the silliest thing I’ve heard this week – and I’ve heard a lot of silly things since I’ve been here”.

“I’ve just heard the story a moment ago and I’m not sure how to respond, except to say it would make a cat laugh. It’s the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever heard in my life that a side can be 0-5 after two overs and that that’s suspicious.”

Ok Steve now you are getting a bit carried away. Cats laughing? Now that is a story.

The ICC treat the ACSU investigations like the deployment of SAS soldiers with a big “no comment” veiled in secrecy. They can neither confirm nor deny that an investigation is taking place.

This of course is the perfect cover for the ICC. If the ASCU does nothing but get paid and do crossword puzzles then cricket fans are none the wiser. All they have to do is wait for the News of the World to blow the lid on some dodgy Pakistani players and agents and they jump up and down all over it.