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Men's Cricket England's Wood wants proof of cricket corruption claims

ENGLAND bowler Mark Wood has said allegations of corruption against unnamed England players are “like the boy who cried wolf.”

Al Jazeera released its second documentary about match-fixing yesterday and, as in the previous programme first shown in May, there were claims made against England players.

The report alleged to have uncovered evidence of 26 planned spot-fixes in 15 international matches — including seven involving England players.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has been critical of the information that has been shared with it and internal analysis has given no cause to doubt the integrity of any of its players, past or present.

Wood has not watched the show but believes the lack of detail is troubling.

“It’s a bit like the boy who cried wolf, and until they say something [definitive] I’m not going to believe what they say,” he told talkSPORT.

“[Not] until Al Jazeera bring out anything concrete, where they name someone or show a piece of evidence. They keep saying there’s this and that there, but never producing anyone or saying there’s any evidence behind it.

“Until they can produce something that I’m worried about then I don’t take any notice of it.”

The Professional Cricketers’ Association (PCA) released a statement joining the ECB and the International Cricket Council in calling on Al Jazeera to release any and all relevant information.

PCA chief executive David Leatherdale said: “Further to the ECB’s statement on Sunday’s Al Jazeera programme, the Professional Cricketers’ Association has been working closely with the ECB and directly with the players to make sure they are aware of these unsupported accusations.

“The players refute all allegations and have the full support of the PCA.

“The PCA is urging the broadcaster to provide all footage and evidence to the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit.”

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