Pakistani cricketer Hasan Raza allegedly involved in pitch fixing scandal
COLOMBO (92 News) – The recent pitch-fixing scandal involving two Sri Lankans and a former cricketer from Mumbai now have another former Pakistani player Hassan Raza to the ranks.
Hasan Raza has been caught on camera in the presence of another man talking about facilitating spot-fixing in T20 tournaments. Although Raza does not speak in the video shot by the journalist but he is seen sitting with the ex-cricketer as he talks about corruption in the sport.
The former batsman claims the video is an old clip intended to “trap him”. He claimed the clip is from Ajman, where he had gone for a local tournament. He said he had not informed the Pakistan Cricket Board he was not on its central contract list and hence not in frequent contact with the PCB.
While Morris denies any wrongdoing and said the channel invited him to audition for, and act in, a commercial movie for public entertainment.
The PCB and its Anti-Corruption Unit is in the process of reviewing reports regarding the alleged involvement of Raza in the fixing scandal. According to the PCB, appropriate action, if any, will be taken after collecting and reviewing all relevant evidence. The PCb likely to send notice to Hassan Raza and summon for investigations.
Raza and Morris both played for Mumbai Champs, a team that was part of the now-defunct Indian Cricket League between 2007-08. Al Jazeera documentary titled ‘Cricket’s Match-Fixers’ can be seen online on Sunday at 3pm Pakistan time.
Earlier, the London-based Daily Telegraph said late Friday that the Al Jazeera footage seen by the newspaper featured Robin Morris, Tharindu Mendis, a player from Colombo, and Tharanga Indika, an assistant manager at Galle International Stadium.
The newspaper reported that the footage showed the men talking about doctoring pitches during a meeting with an undercover reporter.
On Saturday, the International Cricket Council said it was investigating the ‘wicket-fixing’ allegations. The governing body said it took the allegations reported in the documentary “very seriously” and urged “all evidence and supporting material” to be shared with the investigators.