The players of a favorite team are having another risk in these days – when their team fails in a match they have to face allegations of match-fixing. Players of Sri Lanka and Australia are already in the trap due to the unexpected defeats the teams had in the World Cup.
Sri Lanka lost to Pakistan by 11 runs and the defeat was devastating for the defending champion and that too at the hands of Pakistan which was believed as a weak team this time. The former captain of Sri Lanka Mahela Jayawardene lost for just two runs and Thilan Samaraveera also was dismissed very easily.
A state run TV channel of Sri Lanka reported that a local businessman placed a bet for Sri Lanka loosing the game for $ 18000. The TV Channel argued that had Jayawardene and Samaraveera pair scored more runs, the out come of the match would have been different.
Mahela Jayawardene is considering suing the TV network for the false allegations. It may be recalled that many Sri Lankan players had been grilled in the past by the ICC over match-fixing.
The match played between Australia and Zimbabwe on Feb. 21 also has become controversial. Australia batted first in the match and the opening batsmen Shane Watson and Brad Haddin could score just 28 runs in the first 11 overs. The two batsmen are considered as the most aggressive openers in ODI. Basit Ali, a former Pakistani cricketer told a Pakistan TV channel it was a clear case of spot-fixing.
The ICC has decided to conduct a probe into the performance of the Australian batsmen in the match against Zimbabwe. The Australian openers Shane Watson and Brad Haddin are suspected of helping to bet irregularities.
The Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) of ICC is keeping close vigil on all matches in the World Cup and as a result the slow start by the Australian batsmen have come under investigation.