Cricket Spot Fixing: Indian Bookie; Eng.Pak.Aus. Players Involved
Cricket Spot fixing scandals seem to have become a regular feature. This time another match-fixing ice has been broken by Aljazeera News Network – Investigation Unit, in the report, named as Munawar Files.
The report reveals that several renowned cricketers from Australia, England, and Pakistan were found involved in corruption and match-fixing. The common denominator in most such scandals remains to be Indian Bookies. In this scandal Aneel Munawar after which the report has been named – The Munawar File.
The Investigation Unit report states that it had evidence of 26 match fixes in 15 international matches. From the evidence of 2011-2012, country wise player involvements were as follows:
- English players carried out spot-fixes in seven matches;
- Australian players were involved in five matches;
- Pakistan players in three,
- Players from other teams running spot-fixes in one match
- In some cases, both teams appear to have delivered a fix
The files indicate that the expected fixes were mostly performed by batsmen who basically did so by agreeing to under-perform.
He had been in contact with famous cricket players such as Indian player Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Lakshmipathy Balaji; Pakistani player Umar Akmal; and Australian coach Andy Bichel. The report also states that these players were not involved in match-fixing.
The matches in which Cricket Spot fixing were made include:
- England versus India at Lord’s Cricket Ground
- South Africa versus Australia in Cape Town
- Several matches of England’s series against Pakistan in UAE.
A UK-based firm of sports betting analysts said the odds of Aneel Munawar accurately predicting 25 of the 26 outcomes without fixing them were 9.2 million to one. The Munawar Files also contain a call recording in which Aneel Munawar discussed spot-fixing with an English cricketer and says that he is sending the money to the player’s account. It had also been discovered that ICC had already known about Aneel Munawar for eight years.
The report also carries photographs of Aneel Munawar and his colleagues seen hovering near international cricket players and talking to them in T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka in 2012.
After the report was released, the International Cricket Council’s General Manager (Anti-Corruption Unit) Alex Marshall issued a statement, that the council will investigate the allegations.
Statement from Alex Marshall, General Manager – ICC Anti-Corruption Unit pic.twitter.com/YApoB294Dq
— ICC Media (@ICCMediaComms) October 21, 2018
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