Daily Mail UK – Plot to fix England’s first Test against Sri Lanka exposed by documentary as groundsman claims he can make a draw impossible by damaging wicket 
A documentary has claimed to expose a plot to fix England’s Test in Sri Lanka
Al Jazeera will air footage of a groundsman offering to influence the Test in Galle
A man is filmed claiming the pitch can be altered to make a draw impossible 

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Press Association Reporter

Published:
18:09 EDT, 25 May 2018

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Updated:
18:09 EDT, 25 May 2018

Undercover reporters with Al Jazeera have exposed a plot to fix England’s first Test in Sri Lanka in November, claiming a local groundsman had agreed to doctor the pitch to prevent a draw.

Summary

  • Plot to fix England’s first Test against Sri Lanka exposed by documentary as groundsman claims he can make a draw impossible by damaging wicket A documentary has claimed to expose a plot to fix England’s Test in Sri LankaAl Jazeera will air footage of a groundsman offering to influence the Test in GalleA man is filmed claiming the pitch can be altered to make a draw impossible ByPress Association Reporter Published: 18:09 EDT, 25 May 2018 | Updated: 18:09 EDT, 25 May 2018Undercover reporters with Al Jazeera have exposed a plot to fix England’s first Test in Sri Lanka in November, claiming a local groundsman had agreed to doctor the pitch to prevent a draw.
  • Indika tells the reporter that ‘three or four’ of the Galle groundstaff will be able to help him, adding: ‘We leave the wicket uncovered for about two weeks.
  • The pitch in Galle was the supposed target of match-fixers, reveals an upcoming documentaryIt is also alleged by Al Jazeera that Indika had doctored the pitch during India’s visit to Galle in July 2017, when the tourists won by 304 runs.
  • The ICC’s anti-corruption unit are aware of Al Jazeera’s investigation, but are frustrated that the broadcasters have failed to pass on information.
  • Morris tells the reporters that fixers would pay a groundsman up to eight years’ salary to doctor a Test pitch.


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