According to a statement released by the SLC (Sri Lankan Cricket), there will be complete co-operation into the recent allegations of match fixing levelled against members of the nation’s Test set-up.
The investigative documentary reportedly includes footage of match fixer Robin Morris, who operates out of Mumbai, India, boasting that he had bribed the groundsman at Galle International Stadium in Sri Lanka to doctor the pitch in such a way to make particular outcomes more likely over the course of two separate Test matches.
Plans were apparently also put in place to fix a Test against England later this year.
Al Jazeera quotes the groundsman, Tharanga Indika, as claiming: “If you want a pitch for spin bowling or pace bowling or batting, it can be done."
Cultivating the pitch in a certain way to assist specific styles of bowling can make it significantly easier to predict how the events of a Test are likely to unfold; such knowledge is then used as a basis for betting rings to make potentially massive amounts of money.
During a meeting between Morris and the undercover reporter in Galle, the former reveals how he bribed the groundsman to produce a wicket that assisted spin bowlers.
He is quoted as saying: “In that five-day match, we prepared the wicket poorly without using a roller. In that way, we made a spinning wicket."
Guaranteeing a spinning wicket ensured that batsmen were out regularly, thus ensuring the match was unlikely to end in a draw.
Such pre-existing knowledge would then be used to place bets either on the match not ending in a draw, or being put on a certain team to win.
The statement released by Sri Lankan Crickets in full reads: "Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will extend its fullest cooperation to the International Cricket Council to investigate the latest allegations levelled via media reports, over ‘’match fixing’.
"Mr. Ashley De Silva, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket is in contact with the CEO of the International Cricket Council Mr. David Richardson and the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit on the matter.
"Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to state that it has zero tolerance towards corruption and will take immediate action against any person involved in the alleged incident, if found guilty.
"In the meantime, Sri Lanka Cricket is constantly engaged with the ICC and is following its guidelines on how to handle anti-corruption operations for the forthcoming tours in Sri Lanka."
The ICC (International Cricket Council) have also promised a full-investigation independently of Sri Lankan Cricket, and criminal proceedings will no doubt follow.
There is no suggestion that any players from any Test-playing nation had foreknowledge or was any way involved in match-fixing.
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