ICC to Investigate Galle Australia-Sri Lanka Test match, Post Al Jazeera’s Sting Operation
In the aftermath of corruption allegations revealed in a documentary scheduled to be aired by news giant, Al Jazeera, the International Cricket Council (ICC) launched a probe into the Galle Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka in 2016.
The documentary reveals groundsmen were ready to alter the conditions of the pitch for the Test match between the two top-rated international teams.
An Australia newspaper outlined on Saturday (May 26) about the documentary that will disclose about spot-fixers bribing groundsmen to doctor the pitch which was used during Galle Test match hosted by Sri Lanka.
“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. Any allegations it may make very seriously,” ICC released the statement on their website.
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During the match, the Steven Smith-led Australians side were bundled out for 106 and 183 runs. Therefore, the Kangaroos handed the match to the host by a margin of 229 runs. The match lasted less than three days.
“We have already launched an investigation working with anti-corruption colleagues from Member countries based on the limited information we have received,” continued ICC in its statement.
SLC to issue a statement soon:
Also, the Galle Test match between India and Sri Lanka last year in August is also under the radar of suspicion.
According to The Australian, the match fixers also targeted the Test match between England and Sri Lanka in November 2016.
The Sri Lankan Cricket Board (SLC), said that they would issue a statement later.
“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,” statement of ICC read.
The game of cricket has been plagued with match-fixing, spot-fixing, and illegal betting rackets. Therefore, it is one of the alarming issues in the sport with players been accused of fixing games frequently in the contemporary cricket.