The results of at least three Test matches involving India – against Sri Lanka (Galle, July 26-29, 2017), against Australia (Ranchi, March 16-20, 2017) and against England (Chennai, December 16-20, 2016) were fixed, claims a documentary Cricket’s Match Fixers made by Al Jazeera. The first and third Tests mentioned were won by India while the Ranchi encounter ended in a draw.
In the documentary titled Cricket’s Match-Fixers, former Indian first-class cricketer Robin Morris, alleged to be a match-fixer, is seen introducing Galle curator Tharanga Indika to the undercover reporter and boasting about getting pitches doctored as sought by fixers. The ICC has launched an investigation into the matter.
Morris, along with former Pakistan cricketer Hasan Raza (world record holder for being youngest ever Test cricketer), is allegedly seen in the video bragging about their connections and ability to fix pitches through groundsmen.
The Mumbai cricketing fraternity wasn't particularly shocked by the allegations against Morris.
A product of the famous Shardashram School and a disciple of Ramakant Achrekar (Sachin Tendulkar's formative coach), Morris was considered to be a handy limited overs cricketer, who quit cricket at 31.
"Had his best days coincided with IPL, he would have been a good domestic pick. But he went to the rebel (and now defunct) Indian Cricket League just after taking 8 wickets for Mumbai in Irani Trophy," a Mumbai cricket insider said.
A lot of people couldn't fathom why Morris, hailing from a middle-class family, left a secure job with Bharat Petroleum.
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(With inputs from PTI)
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