The game of cricket got tainted yet again, following the recent covert operation executed by broadcasting giant Al-Jazeera, exposed how fixers contribute in affecting results of games. However, in his latest statement, former Australian captain Mark Taylor had a word or two owing to the probe.
Pertinently, in the must-watch documentary titled as, ‘Cricket match-fixers’, the conversation revealed the matches between India-Australia at Ranchi and India-England game at Chennai, during India’s grand home season of 2016-17, witnessed spot fixers – to affect the gameplay.
Also, the fixers bribed the curator of Galle in Sri Lanka, to doctor pitches during the matches between Islanders and Australia. Also, the match with England, back in 2016, was also brought into the scanner.
Mark Taylor Puts his thoughts forward:
Former Aussie batsman Taylor weighed in with his opinion, saying, the accusations levelled by Al-Jazeera’s documentary had substance in them.
Also, Cricket Australia (CA) is fully aware of the three mentioned players of its own. And, they were involved in fixing during the game at Ranchi, as revealed by the prime fixer in the documentary.
“It talks about two runs off an over. It talks about a series of six overs where there wasn’t a lot of runs scored. That happens in India all the time,” Taylor stated in a recent interview with World Wide Sports.
“The more of these games (we have) it’s going to allow more and more opportunity for the match fixers. And, also the people that want to do wrong by the game,” added Taylor
As soon as the news reached the corridors of world cricket governing body ICC, instantly an investigation was scheduled to look at the questionable games in India and Sri Lanka.
“There’s no doubt match-fixing is a major issue for cricket and will be for quite a number of years,” concluded Mark Taylor.
ICC already launched its probe on the said Test matches:
Also, in the documentary, former professional cricketers, along with their ally in UAE, were planning to organise a scripted Twenty20 tournament. In order to make a fortune through betting.
“I think those leagues do provide an additional opportunity for the people that want to get involved and try and fix. So what we need to make sure is that anyone staging a T20 domestic tournament. Especially televised, that they have in place minimum standards for dealing with the problem,” reckoned ICC CEO Dave Richardson.