Written by Staff Writer
26 May, 2018 | 8:55 pm
Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit is preparing to telecast a documentary surrounding match-fixing in the highest level of international cricket. This documentary exposed the details of two Sri Lankan’s involved in match-fixing.
The revelations of Match-fixing has come to light following the undercover investigative operation done by Al-Jazeera Journalists.
In secretly filmed meetings, Robin Morris, a match-fixer from Mumbai, told undercover reporters that he involved Assistant Manager of the Galle International Cricket Stadium Tharanga Indika and First Class Cricketer Tharindu Mendis to doctor the pitch to favour the bowlers and ensure guaranteed outcomes.
The documentary focuses on Sri Lanka versus Australia Test Match in August 2016 played in Galle and the pitch had been doctored to favour the bowlers. In that match, Australia lost 18 wickets inside 85 overs. Indika told the undercover team that for the India match at Galle in July 2017 he made a pitch for batsmen, stating “India was set for a batting wicket.”
In the event, India scored a massive 600 runs in their first innings and the match-fixers made a large profit.
Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit revealed how criminals fixed two Test matches – the highest level of international cricket – and were planning to fix a third. In these meetings, Robin Morris gestured towards Assistant Manager of the Galle Cricket Stadium Tharanga Indika and First Class Cricketer Tharidu Mendis saying they can make a pitch to do whatever they want it to do.
At the meeting in Galle, the reporter asked the match-fixer when the next pitch-fix will be carried out at the stadium. Morris replies: “England v Sri Lanka.” England is due to play Sri Lanka at Galle in November 2018.
The ICC said it “will take the contents of the program and any allegations it may make very seriously”.
Cricket Australia states Australian Players have been informed over these latest developments.
Australia Cricket goes on to say Tharanga Indika, the Assistant Manager at the Galle International Cricket Stadium had taken a sum of 30,000 Dollars to fix the matches. The documentary is to air tomorrow, and it will expose more revelations over match-fixing in the highest level of cricket.
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