ICC begins investigation on match-fixing charges; BCCI awaits proof

The sting operation raises questions the matches on the three matches - India vs Sri Lanka (Galle, 26-29 July 2017), India vs Australia (Ranchi, 16-20 March 2017) and India vs England (Chennai, 16-20 December 2016) - which allegedly were fixed!

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Match-fixing is not a new term for cricket lovers as well as general audience. The vice has been one of the aspects of the game, hated by all. In a recent sting operation conducted by Al Jazeera, it was revealed that three Test matches with India were fixed.

This operation questions the matches, India vs Sri Lanka (Galle, 26-29 July 2017), India vs Australia (Ranchi, 16-20 March 2017) and India vs England (Chennai, 16-20 December 2016), which were allegedly fixed. India had won the matches against Sri Lanka and England whereas the Ranchi match ended in a draw.

So far, no Indian player’s name has been raised in the misdeed, but it is said that there is an Indian connection to the fixing. Former Mumbai cricketer Robin Morris has been alleged to be a match-fixer. He has played 42 first-class matches and is currently receiving a monthly pension of Rs. 22,500.

Reacting to this, a BCCI spokesperson said, "We believe the ICC has started its probe. Let them complete that and pronounce Morris guilty. The BCCI will only act when they have the verdict in hand." Further, the spokesperson added that if Morris is found guilty, the board has the authority to cancel his pension. On the other hand, Morris had denied any such misdoings before he switched off his phone and deleted his Facebook account.

There have been allegations about match-fixing on some England and Australians players.

ECB Chief Executive Tom Harisson disagreed with the allegations regarding the 2016 India-England Test in Chennai. He expressed complete faith in his cricketers and denied their involvement in the match-fixing.

Al Jazeera has denied naming any players that are involved due to the legal reasons and as per the ongoing investigation by ICC.

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