Al Jazeera Uncovers Galle Cricket Stadium Assistant Manager’s Direct Involvement With Match Fixing: Tampered With Pitch


A report by Middle Eastern news agency Al Jazeera has revealed that Tharanga Indika, the Sri Lankan Assistant Manager of the Galle Cricket Stadium, tampered with the pitches during the Sri Lanka versus India match in July last year and Sri Lanka versus Australia match in August 2016.

“If you want a pitch for spin bowling or pace bowling or batting, it can be done,” Indika is seen on camera saying, while being secretly videoed by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit, as per an article released by Al Jazeera in anticipation of the revelation.

Cricket's Match-Fixers will be available to watch online on Sunday at 10:00 GMT. The article said the match-fixers were also planning to fix England's game against Sri Lanka, also at Galle, in November this year.

The world cricket's governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), has reportedly launched an investigation into Al Jazeera's findings.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Cricket has said it will give its “fullest cooperation” to any investigation into match-fixing.

“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to state that it has zero tolerance towards corruption and will take immediate action against any person involved in the alleged incident, if found guilty,” it said in a statement.

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