Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Sri Lanka Cricket to co-operate with ICC over fixing probe

Sri Lanka's 2016 Test win over Australia in Galle fixed Sri Lanka Cricket to co-operate with ICC over fixing probe
Shannon Reynolds | 01 June, 2018, 01:07

The match in question here is the Test between India and Australia in Ranchi in 2017.

The documentary also captures a groundskeeper at a Sri Lankan venue boasting that staff doctored the pitch in two Test matches.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland also said there is no credible evidence to prove that two unnamed Australian players were guilty of corruption in a Test against India a year ago following allegations made in the Al Jazeera programme.

The International Cricket Council has already launched an investigation. "He is the assistant manager and curator of the Galle stadium".

England lost the Chennai Test by an innings and 75 runs, a result that ensured a 4-0 series defeat. Both "events" were as "scripted by match-fixers", the documentary suggests.

Two Australian batsmen have been accused of fixing a match against India past year.

India vs England Test of 2016 under fixing scanner. There is no suggestion that any players would be involved. "We believe the ICC has started its probe".

"The limited information we have been given has been discussed with all the England players [involved in the Chennai Test]".

"Although not having been provided an opportunity to view the documentary or any raw footage, our long-standing position on these matters is that credible claims will be treated very seriously and fully investigated".

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The documentary highlights how match-fixers have found subtle ways to fix sessions and pitches.

The Mumbai cricketing fraternity wasn't particularly shocked by the allegations against Morris.

"I'm sure someone from Cricket Australia will be talking us through it", he said.

During one exchange, a member of the syndicate claimed to be able to fix up 70 per cent of matches. "If you have it, you will do anything", he adds.

According to the former national cricketer, Pramodya Wickramasinghe, this is what they have been highlighting continuously and several names have also been mentioned. The four-team championship will be a front-office for fixing and all overseas players will play a role, says Rajkumar. "It's hard for us to trust that something wrong has happened there".

It's understood Cricket Australia have also contacted players this week to alert them of the allegations. Munawar says the D-Company pays anything between Rs. 2-6 crore to fix a game, depending on the profile of the team.

His assurance comes after a report in a British tabloid said that a huge cloud of uncertainty hangs on England's tour of Sri Lanka later this year.

Tharindu Mendis, a player from Colombo, and Tharanga Indika, the curator of the Galle International Stadium, were featured in the documentary broadcast on Sunday, which showed them talking about doctoring pitches during a meeting with an undercover reporter.

In the documentary, groundsman Indika openly talks about how he can make the pitch spinner friendly and extremely hard for batsmen.

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