Watch: Former Pakistan International Hasan Raza Caught on Camera in Spot-Fixing Sting

Published - 27 May 2018, 07:21 PM

Hasan Raza spot-fixing
Hasan Raza has been caught in a spot-fixing sting. Image Courtesy: AFP

The menace of spot-fixing in the game of cricket refuses to die down. It does not matter how radical the steps that are being taken by the world cricket body International Cricket Council (ICC) and the other authorities to curb the menace, it rears its ugly head now and then.

The last one decade or so had witnessed some substantial spot-fixing scandals. And the way things are panning out at the moment, it is safe to say it will take a herculean task for the authorities – to completely wipe out spot-fixing from the gentlemen’s game.

Well, in a recent video that has shaken the entire cricketing fraternity, former Pakistan international, Hasan Raza has been caught on camera in a sting operation.

The operation was carried out by news channel Al Jazeera. Raza could be seen explaining few other men about facilitating spot-fixing in Twenty20 tournaments.

In the video, the Pakistani could be seen seated next to Robin Morris, a former professional cricketer from Mumbai.

Raza, however, does not partake in the conversation between Morris and the undercover reporter. Both Raza and Morris had played together for Mumbai Champs in the now-defunct Indian Cricket League (MI) between 2007-08.

Morris then explained how they are planning to set up a corrupt tournament in Dubai. He sensationally claimed the competition would be solely set up for spot-fixing and betting. He says no A-grade players will be involved, but he can bring in B, C, and D grade players.

The duo, however, didn’t accept being part of any wrongdoing.  Raza did not respond to the allegations at all.

On the other hand, Morris said the channel invited him “to audition for, and act in, a commercial movie ‘for public entertainment’.”

Meanwhile, a recent report said two Sri Lankans and a former Indian player were caught discussing how to rig England’s opening Test against Sri Lanka in November this year.

EnglishDaily Telegraphon Friday, claimed the individuals involved in the wrongdoing are Robin Morris, Tharindu Mendis, a player from Colombo, and Tharanga Indika, an assistant manager at Galle International Stadium.

The newspaper reported that the Al Jazeera footage showed the men talking about doctoring pitches during a meeting with an undercover reporter.

On Saturday, the ICC stated said it was investigating the ‘wicket-fixing’ allegations.

The governing body said it took the allegations reported in the documentary “very seriously”. The channel will televise some footage from the documentary ‘Cricket’s Match-Fixers’, on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Hasan represented Pakistan in 23 games between 1996 and 2005. He played seven Tests and 16 One-Day Internationals, scoring close to 500 runs including three fifties.

Credits: ESPN

Here is a snippet of that sting operation in which Hasan Raza can been clearly seen: