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Three Test matches featuring Indian cricket team were fixed, claims Al Jazeera sting

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  1. Munna

    Munna Moderator-e-Aala

    Oct 4, 2014
    In the last two years, at least three Test matches featuring India have been fixed, claims a documentary on cricket corruption made by Al Jazeera’s investigative unit. The Doha-based TV channel has shared exclusive footage with Hindustan Times that argues how a Mumbai-based former Indian first-class cricketer, an Indian advertisement executive based in the UAE and members of the D-Company use their ‘connections’ in the cricket establishment and even in the International Cricket Council (ICC) to decide on the outcome of matches.

    The sensational sting operation done by journalist David Harrison suggests how match fixers bribe curators, current and former cricketers to fix the outcome of sessions or an entire match. In the eye of the storm are Pakistan’s Hasan Raza (youngest to play a Test match) and three Sri Lankan internationals – Dilhara Lokuhettige, Jeevantha Kulatunga and Tharindu Mendis – who are seen heavily involved in either spot-fixing or doctoring the pitch to force a result within a specific number of days.

    Also in the spotlight is Tharanga Indika, the curator of Galle Stadium who admits to doctoring pitches. It was under his supervision that Australia lost a Test is less than two-and-a-half days in August 2016 and India amassed 600 in their first innings in July 2017. Both ‘events’ were as ‘scripted by match-fixers’, the documentary suggests.

    The 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, says the documentary titled ‘Cricket’s Match-Fixers’ that can be seen online on Sunday at 3.30 PM IST. Particular sessions in all the three games were ‘scripted’ by players in collusion with match fixers. No India cricketers are mentioned in such spot-fixing episodes.

    Investigations suggest that at least two Australian cricketers were involved in Ranchi and three Englishmen fixed sessions in Chennai. While the England players have denied these charges, the Australians have not reacted at all.

    A wary ICC, which is not shown in good light, has now reacted to the Al Jazeera probe and started an investigation into the allegations.

    “We have already launched an investigation working with anti-corruption colleagues from Member countries based on the limited information we have received. We have made repeated requests that all evidence and supporting materials relating to corruption in cricket is released immediately to enable us to undertake a full and comprehensive investigation,” the ICC said.

    The documentary highlights how match-fixers have found subtle ways to fix sessions and pitches. It also shows the ease and confidence with which the chain of operators works.

    “Each script I will give you, will happen, happen and happen,” Aneel Munawar, a member of the D-Company tells Harrison, who poses as a businessman and meets the notorious stake holders during various stages of the operation mostly shot in Mumbai, the UAE and Sri Lanka.

    Aneel Munawar, a member of the notorious D-Company, features in the Al Jazeera sting. (Video screengrab)

    Robin Morris, a former Indian first-class cricketer, is seemingly in the centre of the multi-million dollar fixing operation. The former all-rounder, who once played in the controversial Indian Cricket League T20 for Mumbai Champs boasts about his ability to fix players and curators.

    “I have a set of 30 players who will play what I tell them to do,” says Morris. His business partner, Gaurav Rajkumar, adds: “We don’t care about the entertainment as long as we are making our money.” The extent of control of match fixers can be gauged from the fact that “60-70 per cent matches can be set.”

    Former Pakistan cricketer Hasan Raza and former Indian first class cricketer Robin Morris are among those alleged to have been involved in the match-fixing syndicate. (Video screengrab)
    When asked for a reaction on the Al Jazeera sting and his alleged involvement in match-fixing, Morris said, “I have been fabricated in this; there is no truth in this and I have nothing to do with the Galle Test.”

    10-day tournament as front for fixing

    Money is everything, says Munawar. “If you have it, you will do anything,” he adds. The audacious Rajkumar also reveals his grand plan to start a 10-day international T20 tournament under the aegis of the Dubai Cricket Council. The four-team championship will be a front-office for fixing and all overseas players will play a role, says Rajkumar. “We want total control...players will be like puppets.” A player stands to make half-a-million dollars in 10 days, says Rajkumar, adding an international cricketer who wants to be part of the fixing game can earn “40 times more money than his appearance fee.”

    The documentary suggests the involvement of cricket officials and high-profile businessmen, who invest to grab ‘big’ returns. Munawar says the D-Company pays anything between Rs. 2-6 crore to fix a game, depending on the profile of the team.

    Groundsmen in Sri Lanka, particularly Galle, are seen as gullible. “When they get Rs. 25 lakh to doctor the pitches, they will fix ...it’s eight years’ salary!” says Rajkumar.

    In the centre of the pitch fixing menace is Tharanga Indika, the assistant manager and curator of Galle Stadium. He confesses that he can doctor pitches easily and reveals how a pitch can be prepared to help bowlers or batsmen.


    Tharanga Indika, the assistant manager and curator of Galle Stadium, confesses that he can doctor pitches easily. (Video screengrab)
    “All these things must be done before the ICC officials come in,” says the Lankan official who adds that there are still ways to tamper with the pitch when a match is under way. “Like extra pressure on the special brush can damage the pitch,” says the curator, who takes pride in controlling the number of days a Test will last.

    Interestingly, the ICC didn’t punish Galle for the Australia Test. In January 2016, the ICC suspended Galle stadium curator Jayananda Warnaweera for three years after the former Test player failed to cooperate with anti-corruption officials.

    The 55-year-old Sri Lankan, who played 10 Tests and six one-day internationals, was previously handed a two-year suspension by his own country’s board in November for the same offence.

    The ICC said Warnaweera was charged after he missed meetings and also failed to provide documents to its anti-corruption unit (ACU) for an investigation, the details of which were not disclosed.

    Now the ICC will have its hand full, thanks to the Al Jazeera investigation.

  2. Energy

    Energy Cornered Tiger

    Apr 22, 2012
    Chalo...out of the rug here comes Hasan Raza. Perfect face for the ICC to cover other players.
  3. Munna

    Munna Moderator-e-Aala

    Oct 4, 2014

    ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

    Apr 26, 2011
    ICC should conduct complete investigation over these claims. This menace of fixing is damaging the beautiful game of Cricket. People will lose interest in Cricket because they won't believe what they are watching is not scripted. These are some very serious allegations and should be taken seriously by ICC.
  5. Mohsin

    Mohsin Sultan of Swing

    Feb 21, 2010
    Hasan Raza and the SLs will be investigated and punished.

    As for the india test matches and the English/Aussie players apparently involved in fixing...what fixing? Dont be so preposterous...
  6. ComradeVenom

    ComradeVenom Tracer Bullet

    Jul 24, 2012
    What hypocrisy. Raza and the Lankans are named whereas the identity of other players is protected.

    From the news it just sounds like Hasan sat while hypothetical fixing was being discussed and the other players actually fixed a test lol. No comparison in both crimes.

    With regards to fixing that occurs in India many players are recruited in the IPL. Star players are blackmailed into fixing via honey traps where the fixing mafia arranges prostitutes to sleep with them and then threatens to leak the information.

    India is the head of this fixing curse and its time the head was chopped off!
  7. Munna

    Munna Moderator-e-Aala

    Oct 4, 2014
    Seems like this is the full coverage...

  8. Patriot

    Patriot Kaptaan

    Oct 8, 2014
    Of course no names for English and Australian players

    PS: Raza was only sitting in that video. He wasn’t involved in the discussion.
  9. Munna

    Munna Moderator-e-Aala

    Oct 4, 2014
    From the looks of it, Raza was there only to eat fruit
  10. DONhill

    DONhill Talented

    Feb 4, 2015
    Once again corruption is traced back to India.
  11. Munna

    Munna Moderator-e-Aala

    Oct 4, 2014
    Spot-fixing claims made against England, Australia Tests; boards say no evidence

    Cricket Australia and the ECB have said there was no "credible evidence" linking Australian and English Test players to spot-fixing, as alleged by TV channel Al Jazeera in its documentary, which focuses on various forms of corruption in the sport.

    The Tests in question are the England-India Test in Chennai in December 2016, and the Australia-India Test in Ranchi in March 2017. Al Jazeera's allegations are that during certain periods of the game some England and Australian batsmen scored at a rate specified by fixers for the purposes of betting.

    Tom Harrison, the ECB chief executive, said the "limited information" the board had was discussed with "all the England players" and they "emphatically deny the allegations, have stated categorically that the claims are false and they have our full support."

    CA requested Al Jazeera for raw footage and un-edited material to assess the allegations and determine whether an investigation was necessary.

    In the documentary, a person Al Jazeera identified as Aneel Munawar, an Indian national who is said to work for crime syndicate D Company, is seen naming three England players and two Australian players to the undercover reporter as being part of the fix.

    The names of the cricketers were edited out in the documentary but Al Jazeera said it would pass on information to the relevant authorities. The channel said the two Australians named by Munawar had not responded to the allegations; while the three England players "categorically denied the allegations" through their lawyers, stating that they were "made by a source who is a known criminal," and that the likelihood of a batting team fixing scores "to within such degree of precision as alleged is highly improbable, if not practically impossible."

    Al Jazeera, however, claimed that the information passed by Munawar to the undercover reporter about run-scoring in a certain passage of play was accurate in both Tests. The instruction, the channel claimed, was for the batsmen to score slowly so that the actual runs scored would be lower than what the illegal betting market was placing bets on.

    The channel said there was no evidence to indicate any other England or Australia players had been involved or aware of the alleged plot.

    CA said it had not yet had the opportunity to view the raw footage containing the allegations, and requested Al Jazeera for the same. "Together with the ICC, we are aware of the investigation by Al Jazeera into alleged corruption in cricket," CA chief executive James Sutherland said in a statement. "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.

    "Neither the ICC or Cricket Australia is aware of any credible evidence linking Australian players to corruption in the game. We urge Al Jazeera to provide all un-edited materials and any other evidence to the ICC investigation team, so, if appropriate, a full and thorough investigation can be conducted."

    A similar message emerged from the ECB. "There is nothing we have seen that would make us doubt any of our players in any way whatsoever," Harrison said. "Neither ECB nor the ICC is aware of any credible evidence connecting any England players to any form of corruption. ECB had been aware of the planned Al Jazeera documentary for some time but have not been given the full content. There have been repeated requests for any evidence and unedited materials to be shared with the ICC so they can fully investigate.

    "We, like other member Boards, are disappointed that Al Jazeera have not been more cooperative and responsible when making such serious allegations."

    Statement from Alex Marshall, ICC General Manager - Anti-Corruption Unit
    The ICC is aware of an investigation into corruption in cricket by a news organisation and as you would expect we will take the contents of the programme and any allegations it may make very seriously.

    "We have already launched an investigation working with anti-corruption colleagues from Member countries based on the limited information we have received. We have made repeated requests that all evidence and supporting materials relating to corruption in cricket is released immediately to enable us to undertake a full and comprehensive investigation.

  12. HashiBaba

    HashiBaba Talented

    Dec 24, 2009
    Is it just me or is Hassan Raza clearly uncomfortable throughout that conversation when he sat there and said nothing?
  13. Mohammed Bilal

    Mohammed Bilal Tracer Bullet

    Jul 17, 2017
    White man can’t fix?
  14. Mohsin

    Mohsin Sultan of Swing

    Feb 21, 2010
    How dare you even insinuate such a thing good sir

  15. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Al Jazeera urged to hand over cricket fixing evidence

    DUBAI: Qatari news channel Al Jazeera was urged to hand over evidence of alleged match-fixing on Monday after a TV documentary claimed to uncover corruption at the highest levels of world cricket.

    England´s coach and captain both slammed allegations of spot-fixing as “outrageous”, and Australia said it wasn´t aware of any “credible evidence” after Sunday´s broadcast.

    But Sri Lanka has suspended a player and a groundsman over a suspected pitch-tampering plot in Galle, while Sri Lankan police have launched an investigation.

    The documentary also claims to reveal spot-fixing — rigging elements of play for betting purposes — in Test matches between India and England at Chennai in December 2016, and India and Australia at Ranchi in March 2017.

    Cricket has endured several corruption scandals over the years, including a 2010 newspaper sting which left three Pakistan players in jail over spot-fixing during a Test against England.

    In the secretly recorded footage, an alleged underworld figure says: “I´m telling you, each script I give you will happen, happen and happen.”

    He later predicts passages of play during the Test matches in Chennai and Ranchi, and names England and Australia players who he says were involved. The names were not revealed in the documentary.

    Alex Marshall, the head of the International Cricket Council´s anti-corruption unit, urged Al Jazeera to hand over its footage to investigators.

    “We have been in ongoing dialogue with the broadcaster which has refused our continual requests to cooperate and share information which has hampered our investigation to date,” he said.

    “I would now urge the production team to provide us with all unedited and unseen evidence they are in possession of, to enable us to expedite a thorough investigation.”

    ´Outrageous, is all I can say´
    Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said he had seen no “credible evidence” linking Australian players to corruption, but also said Al Jazeera should share its footage with the ICC.

    “We urge Al Jazeera to provide all unedited materials and any other evidence to the ICC investigation team, so, if appropriate, a full and thorough investigation can be conducted,” he said.

    A spokesman for the Board of Control for Cricket in India said: “The BCCI anti-corruption unit is working closely with the ICC anti-corruption on the alleged claims by a television channel.”

    England captain Joe Root told the BBC “it is outrageous that our players have been accused”, adding: “All the players have been briefed by the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board), and been told there´s absolutely nothing to worry about.”

    England´s coach Trevor Bayliss said: “Having been there (at the Chennai Test, which England lost by an innings and 75 runs) — outrageous, is all I can say.”

    Former England captain Michael Atherton also cast doubt on the alleged spot-fixing, saying highly paid Test players were unlikely to be tempted by bribes.

    “(I) would be astonished if there was any credence to the claims. It makes no sense,” Atherton wrote in The Times.

    However, Sri Lanka Cricket suspended the curator of the Galle International Stadium as well as a professional player, who were featured in a separate segment of the documentary.

    Tharindu Mendis, a player from Colombo, and curator Tharanga Indika were shown talking about doctoring pitches during a secretly filmed meeting with an undercover reporter.

    The men were reportedly discussing ways to prepare the pitch to ensure that the first Test against England in November doesn´t end in a draw, and yields a result in less than four days.

  16. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    England players linked to spot fixing will be interviewed by anti-corruption detectives

    The three England players linked to spot fixing by an undercover investigation will be interviewed by anti-corruption detectives despite the England & Wales Cricket Board describing the allegations as “categorically false.”

    An investigation by Al Jazeera was broadcast on Sunday during which a fixer claimed there was a spot fix during England’s Test match against India in Chennai in December 2016. The names of the three England players he alleged were in on the scam were edited out by the programme makers.

    A separate allegation was made against two Australia players concerning a Test match in Ranchi, India. Both the ECB and Cricket Australia released statements on Sunday saying there was no “credible evidence” to back up the claims. Trevor Bayliss, the England coach, and Joe Root, the Test captain, described the allegations as “outrageous”

    But the International Cricket Council is taking the matter seriously and has arranged to meet Al Jazeera later this week to review all unedited evidence.

    It is understood the ICC is already aware of the identities of the players concerned. They will speak to the players after reviewing all the footage as they conduct a “full” and “thorough” investigation into the claims.

  17. Energy

    Energy Cornered Tiger

    Apr 22, 2012
    Doesn't make sense for Al Jazeera not to share unedited material. As far as I know they are not a tabloid journal so why hide the material?
  18. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Atherton ‘highly sceptical’ of spot-fixing claims

    LONDON: Former England captain Michael Atherton is “highly sceptical” of claims made in a television programme that players for England and Australia may have been involved in ‘spot-fixing’ activities during test matches in South Asia.

    The Al Jazeera programme “Cricket’s Match Fixers”, broadcast on Sunday, alleged incidents of spot-fixing in a Chennai match between England and India in December 2016 and the Australia-India test in Ranchi in March 2017.

    Match-fixing has become a major concern for the sport in recent years and the International Cricket Council (ICC) has launched an investigation.

    ‘Spot-fixing’ refers to manipulation of part of a game to deliver a given outcome for betting purposes.

    The documentary also made allegations that the stadium manager at Galle in Sri Lanka may have doctored the pitch at the behest of fixers and suggested minor Twenty20 competitions had also been targetted.

    In his column for The Times newspaper, Atherton said he felt it unlikely that top test players would engage in such activity given the risks to their careers.

    “When it comes to betting and fixing, dangers are ever present. There is a massive black-market operation in India worth many billions of pounds,” Atherton wrote.

    “The game, especially around the fringes and where there are enormous discrepancies in earning potential, is vulnerable. But highly paid international players in very visible, high-profile matches? In this case I remain highly sceptical,” he said.

    “Since the match-fixing crisis of the 1990s, the awareness among players of the problem of fixing, the potential consequences (time in jail and five years out of the game for Mohammad Amir, remember, for nothing more than a newspaper sting) and stringent controls around dressing rooms by the ICC have made it much less likely to be a problem in international cricket.

    “The players are paid too well (especially those from India, England and Australia). They have too much to lose,” the former opener added.

    Atherton, who played 115 tests for England between 1989-2001, said there was more likelihood of wrong-doing in the case of poorly paid ground staff and at minor competitions.

    Cricket authorities in England and Australia have backed their players.

    “There is nothing we have seen that would make us doubt any of our players in any way whatsoever,” England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tom Harrison said in a statement on Sunday.

    “Together with the ICC, we are aware of the investigation by Al Jazeera into alleged corruption in cricket,” Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said in a statement.

    “Neither the ICC nor Cricket Australia is aware of any credible evidence linking Australian players to corruption in the game,” Sutherland added.

  19. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Old video is shown to trap me: ex-Pakistan cricketer Hasan Raza

    Former Pakistan batsman Hasan Raza has said the video shown by Al Jazeera as part of its investigative documentary is an old clip that is used to “trap him”.

    While speaking to Geo News on Sunday, Raza said the video is from Ajman where he had gone for a local tournament.

    A video has recently surfaced showing Raza in the presence of another man talking about facilitating spot-fixing in T20 tournaments.

    Raza said he had not informed the Pakistan Cricket Board about going to Ajman as he was not on its central contract list and hence was not in frequent contact with the board.

    However, according to the former batsman, when he suspected fixing was under way for matches he backed out of the discussion.

    “I have reported match-fixing to International Cricket Council in the past [as well],” Raza said.

    However, he ensured complete corporation with ICC and PCB regarding investigation into the allegations.

    As noted by ESPNcricinfo, Raza can be seen seated in the chair adjacent to Robin Morris, a former professional cricketer from Mumbai. Raza, however, does not partake in the conversation between Morris and the undercover reporter.

    Raza and Morris both played for Mumbai Champs, a team that was part of the now-defunct Indian Cricket League between 2007-08.

    In the video, part of a broader investigative documentary the channel will air from Sunday, Morris talks about setting up a T20 tournament for the purposes of spot-fixing and betting. He says that no A-grade players will be involved, but that he can bring in B, C, and D grade players. He talks of taking such tournaments from Dubai, to Hong Kong, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.

    According to Al Jazeera, Raza did not respond to its allegations, while Morris "denies any wrongdoing" and said the channel invited him "to audition for, and act in, a commercial movie 'for public entertainment'."

  20. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Adam Gilchrist says ‘no nation is immune’ to spot-fixing

    AUSTRALIAN cricket great Adam Gilchrist ‘refuses to believe’ Australian players could be involved in spot-fixing, but said there’s a chance they could be connected to the scandal.

    Two unidentified Australian players were implicated this week in an Al Jazeera documentary that claimed to uncover corruption at the highest levels of world cricket.

    The players were accused of being paid to bat slowly during a period of last year’s Test between Australia and India in Ranchi to ensure a draw result for betting purposes.

    Gilchrist responded to the accusations on Back Page Live on Tuesday night, saying he believes Australian cricketers aren’t involved, although no possibility should be ruled out.

    “No body, no nation, no team is immune to [spot-fixing] and there’s every chance it’s still going on around the cricketing world,” the former wicketkeeper-batsman said.

    “So Australia, or England, or whoever they’re accusing - there’s a chance it could be going on, but if you’re that certain, then name them.”

    Gilchrist said he thinks it’s unlikely players from Australia and England would be enticed into spot-fixing because of lucrative contracts to play for their nations.

    He added: “I refuse to believe - and I’d be disappointed if I was proved otherwise - but England and Australian cricketers are getting paid so much.

    “Unless these bookies have got a hook in these guys and they’ve got something over them from some other part in their life that they don’t want exposed, I can’t imagine why they would want to go and do it.”

    The Fox Sports commentator said the accusations should be treated as speculation unless any credible evidence surfaces.

    Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland made a similar call earlier in the week, saying no evidence links Australian players to corruption.

    However, he encouraged Qatari news channel Al Jazeera to turn in an unedited version of the documentary to the International Cricket Council (ICC).

    The ICC said it is taking the allegations of corruption seriously and they have launched an investigation.

    “The ICC has now had the opportunity to view the documentary into corruption in cricket and as we have previously stated, we are taking the contents of the programme and the allegations it has made extremely seriously,” Alex Marshall, general manager of the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit, said in a statement on Sunday.

    “A full investigation led by the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit, working with full co-operation from all member countries identified in the program, is now underway to examine each claim made.”

    Australia captain Tim Paine said on Monday he’s ‘confident’ none of his teammates are involved.

    He added: “As far as I’m concerned our players have got nothing to worry about.” With AAP

  21. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Hasan Raza’s involvement in pitch doctoring unfortunate: Mushtaq Mohammad

    Former Pakistani captain Mushtaq Mohammad could not believe that his world record breaker Hasan Raza would ever involve in sport-fixing or his name would involve in doctoring the pitches.

    In October 1996, the Pak batsman Hasan Raza at the age of 14 years-227 days became the youngest Test batsman (versus Zimbabwe at Faisalabad) and broke the record of Mushtaq Mohammad 15 years 124 days) which he made against West Indies (Lahore) in 1959.
    Speaking exclusively over telephone from England, where he is based for years now, Mushtaq Mohammad said, “I could not believe that Hasan Raza would ever involve in playing with the pitch”.

    “In fact, it was I who as a coach had recommended his inclusion in the team. The selectors were thinking him to be too young to play the Test cricket at this age”.

    “It is very sad and unfortunate that he fell into the bad company”, Mushtaq added.

    The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is reviewing reports of Hasan Raza’s involvement in “corrupt conduct” in doctoring the pitches in Sri Lanka. Sri lanka Cricket (SLC) board has handed over the inquiries to the CID (Criminal Investigation Department).

    SLC’s former anti-corruption officer Lakshman de Silva, who was overseeing the activities then says, he had not received any complaints on doctoring the pitches.

    Speaking exclusively from Singapore, where Lakshman de Silva is holidaying till end of June, he said, “during my tenure with the SLC, I had not come across to any such attempt of pitch doctoring by the curators”.

  22. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Al-Jazeera have fresh evidence of cricket corruption to air

    After the first documentary on spot-fixing in cricket, the Doha based channel Al-Jazeera have reportedly fresh evidence of cricket corruption to telecast.

    According to Daily Mail, cricket is bracing itself for new corruption allegations after it emerged that Al-Jazeera have gathered fresh evidence for a follow-up broadcast to their recent match-fixing documentary.

    Details of the second programme remain under wraps but Sportsmail understands it is likely to include concerns about the integrity of at least one other Test match.

    The first programme alleged that three England and two Australia Test players were involved in spot-fixing during games in India in 2016 and 2017. England have strongly denied the claims.

    The new show is also likely to delve more deeply into the activity of Aneel Munawar, an alleged operative with Mumbai crime syndicate D-Company. Al Jazeera are confident Munawar is who he claims to be, and not a chancer looking to make a quick buck.

    He was a central figure in Al Jazeera’s explosive Cricket’s Match Fixers documentary and also featured in a photo in Wednesday’s Sportsmail, standing in a hotel lobby in Galle, Sri Lanka, only a few yards from England stars Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan.

    The photo was taken six years ago, and there is no suggestion whatsoever of any wrongdoing on the part of either Swann or Bresnan.

    News of Al Jazeera’s planned follow-up will come as a blow to the ICC’s anti-corruption officials, especially with the game’s governing body currently attempting to persuade the network to hand over all unused material from the first show.

    ICC chief executive Dave Richardson said on Wednesday that officials from his anti-corruption unit would meet the broadcasters in the next couple of days, and added that ‘there’s no reason to think we’re not going to be allowed to investigate fully by Al Jazeera’.

    But a spokesman for Al Jazeera’s investigative unit told Sportsmail: ‘No meeting has been arranged. We are considering the legal implications of co-operating with the ICC, given the possibility of criminal and/or civil proceedings arising. We are committed to exposing corruption in cricket.’

    Richardson also expressed annoyance at suggestions that the ICC would be less than rigorous in their investigation.

    He said: ‘I’m a little perturbed by any accusation that we would attempt to sweep it under the carpet or pretend that nothing has happened.’

  23. Del

    Del Fantasy Draft Wins: 1

    Dec 21, 2016
    So will any action be taken against the corrupts or they're get away with this?

    I can't even imagine what wouldn't had happen if current Pakistani players would've caught in something like this.

    People will be asking for their heads.
  24. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Glenn Maxwell rubbishes allegations of involvement in spot-fixing during 2017 Test against India

    Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has lashed out after being linked to allegations of spot-fixing in an investigative documentary.

    A documentary put to air by Al Jazeera on corruption in cricket alleged that two Australian players were involved in spot-fixing during the third Test of Australia’s series against India last year, the game where Maxwell scored his maiden Test century.

    Maxwell is not named as one of the two players but match footage included in the documentary implied that he was involved.

    Speaking on SEN Radio, Maxwell said he had been informed by Cricket Australia about the documentary prior to it airing.

    “I was shocked. I was a bit hurt by it as well,” Maxwell said.

    “To have these allegations about your involvement in a game where you’ve only got happy memories about it, great memories.

    “To have that tarnished by these allegations was pretty devastating and obviously there’s no truth to it whatsoever.”

    Maxwell called the allegations from the documentary “100 per cent unfair” and stated that the feeling of one of his career highlights being tarnished was “pretty brutal”.

    Such investigative documentaries uncovering match-fixing in cricket have become common over the last decade, with a News of the World documentary revealing Pakistan’s spot-fixing in the 2010 Lords Test against England.

    The 29-year-old star suggested allegations regarding his involvement in spot-fixing were “absolutely ridiculous” given the fact that he had just regained his spot in the Test side at the time.

    “The only thing they could have done worse was tarnish that World Cup win,” Maxwell told SEN Radio.

    “They’re the two 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 backside off.”

    Maxwell said the documentary had identified him even if it hadn’t named him.

    “You could see it was the gear that I was using, and there wasn’t anyone else using that gear in the game,” he said.

    “That was certainly very hard to take.”

    While Maxwell said he had encountered dubious activity while playing overseas in Twenty20 leagues, he stressed that he was always vigilant in reporting such behaviour to anti-corruption officers.

    “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,” he 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.”

  25. Mohan

    Mohan Formerly 'Captain Clutch'

    Nov 4, 2014
    That India v England Chennai test in the OP is when Karun Nair scored a triple hundred I think. And we won that test by an innings and took the series 4-0.

    The Ranchi test vs Australia ended in a draw, and India won the Galle test vs Sri Lanka. Infact they whitewashed SL in that series.

    What kind of fixing is this where we didn't lose? :D
  26. Patriot

    Patriot Kaptaan

    Oct 8, 2014
    its spot fixing I think, they are using the term match fixing loosely
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  27. Patriot

    Patriot Kaptaan

    Oct 8, 2014
    IPL 2018: Kings XI Punjab skipper Glen Maxwell’s top-secret, tipsy night cycle ride

    Having left hotel without informing anyone, drunk KXIP skipper fell off bicycle on way back in dry Rajkot
    Glenn Maxwell has claimed to have reported ‘certain untoward things’ during the Indian Premier League (IPL) but it turns out he may not have disclosed everything to the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) members of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

    Mirror has learnt that one major incident involving the Australian batsman has not been reported by him.

    And so serious was the nature of the protocol breach that he had put his life in danger.

    This particular incident had happened during IPL 2017 in Rajkot where he had gone out of the team hotel without informing the team manager, local liaison officer and also the integrity officer.

    Before the match between his side Kings XI Punjab and hosts Gujarat Lions, he had gone for a party hosted by the promoters of the Gujarat Lions at a resort that was some distance away from the team hotel.

    On way back from the resort, in the dry state of Gujarat, a drunk Maxwell chose to cycle his way back to the team hotel in the late hours of the night. According to a BCCI official, Maxwell was completely out of control due to alcohol consumption and fell off the bicycle, exposing himself to the danger of being run over by speeding vehicles.

    He was eventually helped by a good Samaritan who, recognising him, helped him reach the hotel. Subsequently, team and security officials went to the spot and made sure that the bicycle was returned to its owner in the resort.

    Security risk
    Asked to elaborate on the incident, a BCCI official, who was aware of the matter, said, “We chose not to make the incident public because it could have led to a lot of controversy. So we don’t know what kind of information he had given to the ACU. On this occasion, Maxwell did not even inform his team manager, leave aside the integrity officer or security staff.

    “Ideally, he should not have gone out because it was a security risk. If he still had to go, he should have gone with the security cover. But Maxwell chose to go alone, and come back alone in an inebriated state,” the official said.

    The incident apparently has been recorded in the BCCI books. Cricket Australiareplied to a mail from this paper on Wednesday morning. It said, "We don't provide comment on other member boards' process or protocols or media speculation."

    Yesterday, Maxwell claimed that he has reported “certain untoward things” during the IPL to anti-corruption officials while refuting a recent Al Jazeera investigative documentary’s insinuation that he could be involved in spot-fixing. Even as there was no direct reference to the batsman in the documentary, the match footage used in it indicated that Maxwell was one of two Australian players being accused. Maxwell confirmed to SEN radio that the aired footage was of his batting.

    ‘I’ve been very honest’
    “I’ve been very honest with them (anti-corruption officers) the whole way through with the IPL. If I’ve ever seen anything untoward I always sat down with them (ACU), had a long coffee and just talked about everything to make sure nothing ever, ever comes back to me,” he was quoted as saying by an agency report.

    The Al Jazeera report had alleged that Australian players were involved in spot-fixing during the 2017 Ranchi Test against India, in which Maxwell made his maiden Test century after being recalled. An International Cricket Council (ICC) investigation into the allegations is currently underway.

    “If there’s anything slightly amiss, Ialways 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’,” Maxwell said.

    Maxwell also hinted that things were ‘untoward’ in some IPL matches, saying it was easier when he captained Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2017. “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.”

    KXIP officials did not immediately respond to questions from this paper but an official of Gujarat Lions, a franchise that was in the IPL for only two seasons in 2016 and 2017, confirmed to Mirror that such an incident involving Maxwell and his late-night cycle ride had come to their notice.

    “It was not a party, it was a just a gettogether and we were told of the Maxwell incident next morning,” the official said.
  28. ComradeVenom

    ComradeVenom Tracer Bullet

    Jul 24, 2012
    I may be putting two and two together and getting five and also i dont want to belittle the very serious issue of mental illness but heres a timeline

    1. Maxwell is indirectly linked to match fixing in this investigation. He is a big name in the IPL and the bookies were all Indian.

    2.Shakib crumbles about fixing in the IPL. Admits straight away so that there is no pro longed investigation

    3. There is a daily telegraph article which mentions a high profile player may be charged in the few weeks for fixing.

    4. In the same week Maxwell asks to step away from the game citing mental health.

    It may be a bit farfetched but I suspect it may be related.
  29. s_h_a_f

    s_h_a_f Moderator

    Dec 26, 2011
    Good call. Shame on him if he is using mental illness as a means of sympathy.
  30. TaQvinaToR

    TaQvinaToR Youngsta Beauty

    Sep 28, 2018
    the root cause is India, It's been going on for ages. Ban IPL and leagues that pose threat to the dignity of the game.

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