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Three global Tests were fixed by bookmakers, claims a sting investigation

Three global Tests were fixed by bookmakers, claims a sting investigation

Among the cricketing involvements are the youngest ever Test debutant Hasan Raza and three Sri Lankan global representatives - Dilhara Lokuhettige, Jeevantha Kulatunga and Tharindu Mendis - all of them have been reported to have indulgence in spot-fixing or tampering with the pitch to determine the result of the match in a particular time frame.

Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit revealed how criminals fixed two Test matches - the highest level of worldwide cricket - and were planning to fix a third.

A report in the Telegraph on Friday said the documentary would show a groundsman telling undercover reporters that the outcome of England's Test against Sri Lanka in Galle, starting in November, can be influenced.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), in a statement issued on Sunday, said that the board and its Anti Corruption Unit are in "process of reviewing reports regarding the alleged involvement of cricketer Hasan Raza in corrupt conduct".

"ECB had been aware of the planned Al Jazeera documentary for some time but have not been given the full content".

Asked if he could fix the surface for the England match so a draw would be impossible, Indika replies: "Yes, I can". In the 608 balls he faced in Test cricket, he scored 235 runs at an agonising strike rate of 38.65.

In the few excerpts that have been revealed as of now, Aneel Munawar, an element of the D-company claims, "Each script I will give you, will happen, happen and happen".




Cricket Australia and the European Central Bank 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.

Journalist David Harrison's investigations have led to the alleged exposing of the crux of the dark side of cricket, match and spot fixing.

The former curator of the Galle International Stadium, Jayananda Warnaweera, is already under an ICC ban for three years until January 2019 for failing to cooperate with an anti-corruption investigation.

In the documentary, a criminal claims two unnamed Australian batsmen were paid off to bat slowly during a period of play in the Test when he calls from the ground in Ranchi. The limited information we have been given has been discussed with all the England players.

Sutherland said CA and the ICC both adopted a "zero-tolerance approach against anyone trying to compromise the integrity of the game". "The content of the programme, is of course useful to the investigation, but I would now urge the production team to provide us with all un-edited and unseen evidence they are in possession of, to enable us to expedite a thorough investigation". But the huge first innings total of 600 amassed by India during the July match was a result of pitch-doctoring supervised by Indika, the video claims.

The Sri Lankan board (SLC) said it had suspended the curator of the Galle International Stadium as well as a professional player, who were featured in an Al Jazeera documentary on corruption in cricket.