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Former first class cricketer Robin Morris.

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Indian former cricketer at centre of spot-fixing scandal

 

DUBAI – Former first class cricketer Robin Morris is under investigation for corruption in cricket following a sting operation by Al Jazeera TV network.

Morris, who played for Mumbai and Orissa in the Ranji Trophy in the 90s, allegedly admitted to bribing a groundsman at Galle last year to alter the pitch during last July’s India-Sri Lanka Test match.

Morris runs a cricket coaching camp in Versova, a suburb in Mumbai. In the Al Jazeera TV documentary, Morris allegedly admitted involvement in spot-fixing.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has said it has launched an investigation.

“The ICC has now had the opportunity to view the documentary into corruption in cricket and as we have previously stated, we are taking the contents of the programme and the allegations it has made extremely seriously. A full investigation led by the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit, working with full cooperation from all Member countries identified in the programme, is now under way to examine each claim made,” said Alex Marshall, the ICC General Manager, ICC Anti-Corruption Unit.

The ICC is now hoping that Al Jazeera TV would provide un-edited portions of the programme.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India, in a statement said: “The BCCI has a zero-tolerance approach to any activity or act that brings the game of cricket to disrepute or mars the integrity of the game. The BCCI anti-corruption unit is working closely with the ICC anti-corruption on the alleged claims by a television channel.”

Al Jazeera said its reporter spent 18 months undercover, posing as a businessman and filming gangs involved in spot-fixing with a hidden camera. GAD/Expat Media

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