Australia calls for unedited Galle evidence

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland has called for evidence surrounding allegations of corruption involving the curator of a Sri Lankan Test pitch to be handed over to the International Cricket Council.

In a new documentary, news organisation Al Jazerra make the match-fixing claims that pitches were doctored to achieve desired results at Galle International Stadium, where Australia were beaten inside three days in 2016.

According to News Corp Australia, the documentary will make reference to the 2016 Test between Australia and Sri Lanka at the coastal ground, where the visitors lost all 20 wickets within 84 overs to lose by 229 runs.

The report states that criminals had placed money on the game not ending in a draw, before it was wrapped up on the third day.

The heavy Test defeat cost both Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns their spots in the Australian team – the latter of whom has only played two Tests since.

Australia struggled severely on the turning wicket and along with loses in Pallekele and Colombo, the 3-0 loss was their first-ever series defeat to Sri Lanka.

The ICC confirmed earlier this week they were aware of the allegations made in the documentary, but neither they or CA have had the chance to view the full brief of evidence used by Al Jazerra.

“Although not having been provided an opportunity to view the documentary or any raw footage, our long-standing position on these matters is that credible claims will be treated very seriously and fully investigated,” Sutherland said in a statement.

“Cricket Australia will continue to fully co-operate with the ICC Anti- Corruption Unit in its review of the matter. Neither the ICC or Cricket Australia is aware of any credible evidence linking Australian players to corruption in the game.

“Cricket Australia and the ICC take a zero-tolerance approach against anyone trying to compromise the integrity of the game. We urge Al Jazeera to provide all unedited materials and any other evidence to the ICC investigation team, so, if appropriate, a full and thorough investigation can be conducted.”

It’s understood Cricket Australia have also contacted players this week to alert them of the allegations. (Courtesy Sydney Morning Herald)