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Former Pakistan batsman Hasan Raza was filmed on camera by news channel Al Jazeera, who conducted a spot-fixing sting operation.
Raza was seen sitting next to ex-Mumbai cricketer Robin Morris, but didn’t say a word while Morris was speaking to the undercover reporter about spot-fixing.
In the video, which is part of a documentary Al Jazeera will air on Sunday, Morris reveals plans to establish a Twenty20 tournament that will involve spot-fixing and betting.
He added that while no high-profile players will be involved, B, C, and D grade players would participate in the tournament. He also revealed his plans to take the tournament to places such as Dubai, Hong Kong, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.
Despite the video, Morris “denies any wrongdoing” and claimed that Al Jazeera asked him “to audition for, and act in, a commercial movie ‘for public entertainment’.”
As for Raza, he has yet to respond to the allegations.
Meanwhile, in another video, which was poolside at a hotel, another individual, identified by Al Jazeera as Gaurav Rajkumar, spoke about creating a four-team Twenty20 tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Morris is also present in the video and goes on to reveal how much money a player can make if they agree to spot-fix in such tournaments.
Like Morris, Rajkumar also alleged that Al Jazeera asked him to act in a movie for public entertainment.
These latest allegations come after Al Jazeera claimed that an individual involved in preparing the pitches in Galle had tailored the surfaces on the instructions of a person involved in betting.
It is alleged that pitch-fixing occurred in Australia’s Test against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2016 and India’s Test match against Sri Lanka at the same venue last year.
The report also alleged that England’s Test against Sri Lanka in Galle later this year will be targeted.