New doco alleges England match-fixing plot

A documentary soon to air in the United Kingdom will allege that an offer was made to fix an England test match later this year.

A report in London‘s Telegraph newspaper on Friday claims an upcoming Al Jazeera documentary shows a groundsman telling undercover reporters that the outcome of England‘s test against Sri Lanka in Galle, starting in November, can be influenced.

Galle International Stadium Photo: Photosport

It alleges that the pitch can be doctored so a draw is impossible, meaning anyone involved in such a scheme would bet against that outcome. There‘s no suggestion that any players would be involved.

Alex Marshall from the ICC‘s anti-corruption unit told the newspaper: “As you would expect, we will take the contents of the programme and any allegations it may make very seriously.”

The English Cricket Board says it‘s also aware of the documentary, endorses the ICC‘s position and fully supports their work and investigations.

The first test between Sri Lanka and England in Galle starts on November 6.