Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit reveals more explosive evidence of corruption in cricket after Cricket’s Match-Fixers rocked the sport in May 2018.
The Munawar Files reveal that the match-fixer featured in the earlier documentary is part of a powerful criminal syndicate and has been fixing international matches since 2010.
Al Jazeera’s investigators have obtained telephone recordings that show Aneel Munawar ringing in details of fixes in 15 international matches to a notorious Indian bookmaker.
The fixed sessions involve some of the world’s best-known players. The teams include England, Australia and Pakistan.
Many of the matches include multiple fixes and two involve both teams, making a total of 25 fixes in 15 matches at the highest levels of international cricket.
The investigation also discovers that the sport’s governing body, the International Cricket Council, knew about Munawar as long ago as 2010.
“The evidence, from 2011 and 2012, points to a small group of England players allegedly carrying out spot-fixes in seven matches; Australia players in five matches; Pakistan players in three, with players from other teams carrying out spot-fixes in one match. In some cases, both teams appear to have delivered a fix,” it said.
The report did not name any cricketers.
Al Jazeera said it has possession of “purported recordings” of a match fixer who was in contact with a known Indian bookmaker linked to organised crime.
“The matches in which fixes were allegedly carried out include England versus India at Lord’s Cricket Ground, South Africa versus Australia in Cape Town and several matches during England’s series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE),” stated the report.
The Al Jazeera report said several fixes were a part of those matches, putting the number of fixes at 26 in a total of 15 matches.
The report said that its dossier has pictures of alleged match-fixer Aneel Munawar and his associates trying to mingle with famous international cricketers during the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, 2012.
It was also stated by the publication that these players were not found involved in match-fixing.
These players include Umar Akmal from Pakistan, Australian coach Andy Bichel, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, and Lakshmipathy Balaji from India.
After the report surfaced, the International Cricket Council’s General Manager (Anti-Corruption Unit) Alex Marshall issued a statement, which said that the council will investigate the allegations.