In a disheartening news for all the cricket lovers, the Doha-based TV channel Al Jazeera in its latest sting video claimed that at least three Test matches featuring India were fixed.
Al Jazeera posted a documentary titled ‘Cricket’s Match-Fixers’ on Youtube at 3.30 PM IST today, which showed how match-fixers bribe curators, current and former cricketers to fix the outcome of sessions or an entire match.
The documentary claimed that India versus England Test played in Chennai (December 16-20), the India versus Australia Test in Ranchi (March 16-20, 2017) and the Galle Test between India and Sri Lanka (July 26-29, 2017) were influenced by bookmakers.
‘Cricket’s Match-Fixers’ documentary suggested that few sessions in all the three games were ‘scripted’ by players in collusion with match-fixers.
Al Jazeera footage showed Robin Morris, former professional cricketer from Mumbai, Tharindu Mendis, a player from Colombo, and Tharanga Indika, an assistant manager at Galle International Stadium, talking about doctoring pitches during a meeting with an undercover reporter.
On the sting, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said it was investigating allegations of pitch-fixing involving Sri Lankans.
The ICC said it took the allegations reported in an Al Jazeera documentary “very seriously” and urged “all evidence and supporting material” to be shared with the investigators, reports Xinhua news agency.
“We have already launched an investigation working with anti-corruption colleagues from member countries based on the limited information we have received,” the ICC said in a statement.