Sting alleges spot-fixing by Pak, Australia, England cricketers

MUMBAI: Aneel Munawar, an alleged match-fixer on ICC's radar, is claimed to had been considering 26 spot-fixing instances in six Tests, six ODIs and three World T20 fits between 2011-12, in step with Al Jazeera's investigative documentary launched on Sunday (October 21). Titled 'Cricket's Match Fixers: The Munawar Files', the documentary claims fixed passages of play in seven fits via England avid gamers, 5 fits via Australia avid gamers, 3 fits via Pakistan avid gamers, and in a single tournament via avid gamers from every other nation.

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The high-profile fits below the scanner this time come with the 2011 Lord's Test between England and India and the 2011 Cape Town Test between South Africa and Australia, at the side of 5 fits in the 2011 World Cup and three in the 2012 World T20 in Sri Lanka. The documentary also identified at a success spot-fixing in each and every of the three England-Pakistan Tests in 2012 in the UAE.

The documentary pivots across the photos and recordings - "The Munawar Files' that Al Jazeera's investigative unit claims to have obtained. The recordsdata come with recordings of calls made via Munawar to Dinesh Khambat, a subordinate to Dinesh Kalgi who was a serial bookmaker based out of Ahmedabad before he died in 2014. Details of no less than 3 fixes throughout the 2012 World T20 held in Sri Lanka have been provided via Munawar to Kalgi, which incorporated the England-Afghanistan tournament.

The documentary also printed a phone name made via Munawar to an unnamed England player simply before the beginning of the 2011 World Cup. He is heard telling the player: "Congratulations for the Ashes. The final payment is in a position for going in the account. You will be credited in every week." The player is heard saying "pretty" in reply, although the audio was distorted to conceal the identity of the player. Al Jazeera claims to have approached the said player, who claimed that the conversation didn't take place and that the call recording was "fabricated".

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The documentary also printed photos of Umar Akmal assembly a 'D-Company' associate in the hotel foyer on the night time of the fix in the third Pakistan-England Test in Dubai. Akmal and the 'D-Company' associate are then photographed with a 2d man in the hotel foyer, with whom Akmal shakes palms and is observed examining a bag. The images, however, don't show Akmal leaving the foyer with the bag.

Akmal, in June this 12 months, was summoned via Pakistan Cricket Board's anti-corruption unit after he made claims that he was approached to mend fits in the Hong Kong Super Sixes, Pakistan's collection against South Africa in the UAE, and the 2015 World Cup. Akmal had mentioned that he was first approached throughout his 2d stint in Hong Kong, and was presented up to USD 200,000 to play two dot balls. He also reported being approached for Pakistan's group game against India in the 2015 World Cup in one of the approaches before fits against India.

The documentary claims that Munawar effectively predicted 25 out of 26 outcomes; in the one he could not, Munawar ignored the mark via a solitary run.

Munawar, who were recognized as a outstanding match-fixer in Al Jazeera's first documentary 'Cricket's Match-Fixers' that aired in May this 12 months, is supposedly a member of the "D-Company" managed via Dawood Ibrahim.

The ICC, against the end of August 2018, had launched an appeal to spot Munawar while claiming that it had recognized each different person in the first documentary and spoken to a number of of them in connection to match-fixing. However, Al Jazeera dismissed that via declaring the ICC had known about Munawar for eight years and "but, the ICC issued a world appeal to search out Munawar only after Al Jazeera knowledgeable them it was preparing this documentary."

Reacting to the documentary, Alex Marshall, general manager of ICC's ACU, mentioned: "As you could be expecting we will once more take the contents of the programme and any allegations it may make severely and can examine totally. However, I will have to refute the statement that cricket does no longer take the problem of corruption severely. We have extra sources than ever before running to rid out sport of corruption.

"The investigation into these allegations has already commenced and will run alongside a number of other live unrelated investigations. Considering the claims, we will work with professional independent betting analysts."

As it had accomplished earlier, the ICC has once more requested the broadcaster to cooperate with the cricket governing body's investigation into corruption in the sport while appreciating Al Jazeera's goal to share a duplicate of its investigation with Interpol.

Interestingly, Marshall, throughout the hot Asia Cup in Dubai, had hinted, with out taking the name of the channel, that ICC was disillusioned with Al Jazeera as it didn't share the raw pictures of its sting operations. "The videos which are made public are generally edited. We ask for the raw files," Marshall had informed journalists.
Sting alleges spot-fixing by Pak, Australia, England cricketers Sting alleges spot-fixing by Pak, Australia, England cricketers Reviewed by Kailash on October 22, 2018 Rating: 5
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