Maxwell “shocked” over Al Jazeera spot-fixing allegations

Melbourne: Australian batting all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has expressed shock over the spot-fixing allegations made by Middle-East television channel Al Jazeera earlier this year.

Al Jazeera recently carried out a sting operation which alleged pitch doctoring in three Test matches which India played.

Speaking to the local Radio station, the 29-year-old, who struck his maiden Test hundred during the match, said that he was bit hurt by the allegation as it was a very special match for him.

“I was shocked. I was a bit hurt by it as well. To have these allegations about your involvement in a game where you’ve only got happy memories about it, great memories…I still remember the feeling after hugging Steve Smith after getting my maiden Test hundred,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Maxwell, as saying.

“To have that tarnished by these allegations was pretty devastating and obviously there’s absolutely no truth to it whatsoever. It was 100% unfair, to tarnish one of the best moments of my career was pretty brutal,” he added.

Maxwell further clarified that anti-corruption officials have not questioned him, yet, regarding the allegations.

The sting operation carried out by the channel alleged pitch doctoring in three Test matches which India played.
The matches in question are India vs Sri Lanka (Galle, July 26-29, 2017), India vs Australia (Ranchi, March 16-20, 2017) and India vs England (Chennai, December 16-20, 2016).

International Cricket Council (ICC) is still investigating the allegations made in the documentary. (ANI)