All-rounder Glenn Maxwell has launched a scathing attack on media giant – Al Jazeera, who charged him for spot-fixing in their investigative documentary. The documentary had referenced to a Test match between India and Australia in Ranchi (2017), where Maxwell scored his maiden Test hundred. The match resulted in a draw. Also Read - IPL 2021: MS Dhoni-led CSK Likely to Purchase Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Dawid Malan in Mini Auction in February
In May, Al Jazeera aired the documentary which directly put many renowned named in cricket under the scanner. During the documentary – Cricket’s Match Fixers, a criminal claims two unnamed Australian batsmen who were paid off to bat slowly during a period of play in the Test when he makes a phone call from the ground in Ranchi. Also Read - Israel-based Pegasus Hacks iPhones of 36 journalists With Spyware: Report
However, the 54-minute documentary did not name the Victorian-born cricketer but the match footage included left a very little doubt that he was one of two players who was being accused. Also Read - Virender Sehwag Slams Glenn Maxwell Again, Says 'He just Enjoys Free Drinks During IPL'
Speaking to SEN Radio in a personal interview, Maxwell said “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.”
“To have that tarnished by these allegation 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.
“The only thing they could have done worse was tarnish that  World Cup win. They’re two of the best moments of my career. To say I’d done anything untoward in that game when I’d just finally got back in the Test side – I’d worked my absolute backside off – to say I’d do anything to ruin that would be absolutely ridiculous.”
The 29-year old had been informed in advance by Cricket Australia about the documentary going on air, but was not questioned by anti-corruption officials about allegations of spot-fixing.
Earlier, Maxwell revealed that he has previously reported suspicious on-field events in IPL matches to the anti-corruption unit and shares a strong relationship with the anti-corruption body. He also spoke in detail about his involvement in other tournaments and overseas Twenty20 leagues that were continue to remain under the radar of ICC and it’s anti-corruption unit.
“I’ve been very honest with them [anti-corruption officers] the whole way through with the IPL,” Maxwell said. “If I’ve ever seen anything untoward I always sat down with them, had a long coffee and just talked about everything to make sure nothing ever, ever comes back to me.
“If there’s anything slightly amiss, I always give them a call and make sure they have every bit of evidence they can possibly have. There’s some things you see in the game of cricket where you’re always just a little bit unsure. All the things you do hear in the game, and when it comes out later on you go, ‘Oh, I swear I could have noticed that while I was watching it’.
“It was probably easier when I was captain and I was able to see the way the game was going, and the instructions that I was giving players, and the way the game was moving, I could actually work it out a little better. There wasn’t really anything untoward in the season I was captain, but you could certainly tell from opposition stuff and that’s why I reported certain things.”
The relevant portion of the documentary was sent to Maxwell to view in the days before it went to air. Asked whether he was interviewed by “cricket authorities” about the match, Maxwell said he was “told on the phone they were going to air it” but replied “they actually didn’t” when queried over whether or not anti-corruption officers from CA or the ICC had formally approached him for questions about the veracity of the allegations.
“If [Al Jazeera] mentioned any names, they would be taken down pretty heavily,” Maxwell said. “They didn’t mention any specific names but did basically say the time of the game, which was my involvement. You could see it was the gear that I was using, and there wasn’t anyone else using that gear in that game. That was certainly very hard to take.”