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AL JAZEERA INVESTIGATES: CRICKET’S MATCH-FIXERS

SUNDAY 27th MAY 2018  AT 8pm GMT (9pm UK)  ON AL JAZEERA ENGLISH

 

Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit exposes the global scale of corruption in cricket, including revelations about alleged match-fixing in four Test matches.  

The undercover investigation uses hidden cameras to capture the criminal gangs, players and officials who fix international cricket matches.

The investigation shows how they allegedly bribe players and officials to fix matches and parts of matches – and make millions from betting on guaranteed outcomes.

The criminals target the fast-growing Twenty20 tournaments as well as Test matches, the highest level of the international game.

One match-fixer says: “I have got 30 players who will play what I tell them to do.”

His accomplice says:  “We don’t care about the entertainment as long as we are making money.”

The programme reveals:

·       How spot-fixes were allegedly carried out at two Test matches involving some of the world's leading teams.

·       Plans to set up a Twenty20 cricket tournament, involving former international players, purely for the purpose of match-fixing.

·       International players agreeing to carry out spot-fixes and throw matches.

The 18-month investigation also reveals how match-fixers bribed a groundsman to fix the pitch to deliver guaranteed outcomes in two high-profile Test matches.

At a meeting with the groundsman, the match-fixer says: “What happens is he…can make a pitch to do whatever we want it do to, because he is the assistant manager and curator.”

The groundsman and the match-fixers also disclose plans to doctor the pitch for a third Test match later this year.

Criminals claim to have control over a national team to fix the results of international matches.

A former Test cricketer accused of match-fixing tells how criminals lure players into their murky world: “They send beautiful girls to the players.

“They give them expensive gifts, like Rolex watches. They give them houses, flats, cars.”

The former Test player and match-fixers describe how they use pre-arranged signals to confirm that the fix is on.

A match-fixer says: “Every time it's a different sign. It's decided in the morning with the players.”

Sports corruption experts who looked at al Jazeera’s evidence called for investigations by police and the cricket authorities.

Ed Hawkins, a cricket writer and anti-corruption adviser, says in the documentary: “I think it’s mind-blowing.

“I would defy anyone who loves the game or is interested in cricket not to watch that, and have a knot in their stomach and feel pretty sick about it.”

Chris Eaton, a sports integrity consultant, former Interpol investigator and ex-head of security at Fifa, says: “These are shocking allegations for the highest level of cricket in the world.

“There absolutely must be an investigation. The fans of cricket need to see that something is done in response to these allegations.”

CONTACT:

David Harrison, Investigative Reporter:

harrisond@aljazeera.net

+447786392057

Jason Gwynne, Producer:

gwynnej@aljazeera.net

+447885443799

 

WATCH IN UK:

On Sky: channel 514

On Freeview: channel 108

Also watch on https://www.aljazeera.com/investigations/

and On YouTube from Sunday 27th May.

Hashtag: #cricketsmatchfixers

 

All broadcast dates and times:

Sunday 27th May               2000G  

Monday 28th May             1200G  

Tuesday 29th May             0100G  

Wednesday 30th May      0600G  

Thursday 31st May           1200G  

Friday 1st June                   2000G  

Saturday 2nd June             0100G  

Sunday 3rd June                0600G