Pakistan cricketer Hassan Raza has been spotted in a video, caught on camera in a sting operation by news channel Al Jazeera in the presence of another man talking about facilitating spot-fixing in T20 tournaments.
As noted by ESPNcricinfo, Raza can be seen seated in the chair adjacent to Robin Morris, a former professional cricketer from Mumbai. Raza, however, does not partake in the conversation between Morris and the undercover reporter.
In the video, part of a broader investigative documentary the channel will air from Sunday, Morris talks about setting up a T20 tournament for the purposes of spot-fixing and betting. He says that no A-grade players will be involved, but that he can bring in B, C, and D grade players. He talks of taking such tournaments from Dubai, to Hong Kong, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.
Al Jazeera said Raza did not respond to its allegations, while Morris “denies any wrongdoing” and said the channel invited him “to audition for, and act in, a commercial movie ‘for public entertainment’.”
On the other hand, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has launched an investigation into corruption allegations in the sport made in a documentary to be aired by foreign news organization.
The documentary allegedly uncovers a groundsman agreeing to doctor wickets for test matches involving some of the world’s top teams.
“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 and any allegations it may make very seriously,” the governing body said in a statement on its website.
“We have already launched an investigation working with anti-corruption colleagues from Member countries based on the limited information we have received.
“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.”
The Australian newspaper reported on Saturday the documentary will allege spot-fixers bribed the groundsman at Galle to doctor the pitch used for the 2016 second test between hosts Sri Lanka and Australia.
The touring side were bowled out for 106 and 183 in the match and lost by 229 runs in less than three days.
Last year’s test between Sri Lanka and India at Galle was also under suspicion, while match-fixers have also targeted England’s test at the same venue in November, according to The Australian. Sri Lanka Cricket said they would issue a statement later.
Match-fixing has become a major concern for the sport in recent years with a high-profile incident involving Pakistan on a previous tour to England forming one of cricket’s low points.