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Title Four Corners: In a Fix
Published Australia : ABC, 2010
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Summary An investigation into the allegations of corruption and match fixing in the multi-billion dollar sport of international cricket.Ten years ago the cricket world was rocked when players admitted they had conspired to "throw" matches for cash. Authorities promised to root out the corruption and keep the game honest. Now reporter Marian Wilkinson looks at the latest allegations involving Pakistan's national team. Were officials aware that some key players had been in contact with people associated with sports betting before the team left for England? Is the International Cricket Council really serious about investigating questionable activities and what really happened in Sydney when Pakistan lost the unlosable test to Australia?"Whenever you see someone sitting down in a hotel room, counting their cash in front of a camera, you're very shocked to see that and you get to thinking, is it possible for these things to happen in a game of cricket?" Australian cricket captain, Ricky PontingIt was one small over-step when Pakistan cricketer Mohammed Amir bowled a no-ball in a Test match against England in August. But the no ball - coupled with grainy footage shot by a British newspaper showing two men negotiating to "fix" cricket matches - forced cricket lovers around the world to ask an unthinkable question: is the game they love and pay money to see really "fair dinkum"?Four Corners reporter Marian Wilkinson tries to answer that question as she follows the trail of controversy left by Pakistan's players as they travel the globe.What she finds is a team torn by internal politics, unable to play other teams at home because of terror threats and shunned in other parts of the world by fellow cricketing nations. As a result, Pakistan players have become the game's poor cousins ripe, for exploitation by match fixers."We all knew Pakistan cricket was vulnerable, it was just a question of when we'd find out." Cricket expertTravelling to Pakistan, Four Corners talks to cricket insiders with an intimate knowledge of events leading up to the controversial tour to England. In particular, the report focuses on warnings given to Pakistan officials before the tour about the behaviour of certain players and their relationships with other people already under suspicion.Reporter Marian Wilkinson profiles the key figure at the centre of this latest cricket crisis, Mazher Majeed. Better known as a property developer and sports entrepreneur, it's now clear that Majeed met with The News of the World operative to negotiate match fixing payments several times. The program analyses a number of those meetings and the pattern of behaviour they describe.Majeed's involvement with Pakistan players doesn't end with the matches in England. It's now clear cricket authorities had him in their sights some time before the Pakistan-England series. What were their concerns and did they convey the information to other cricket officials around the world?Majeed's secretly taped conversations and other witnesses pose serious questions about the now infamous Sydney Test between Pakistan and Australia. Did some Pakistan players throw the match or was their loss the result of infighting within the team? And what is the current status of the investigation into the match and its aftermath?
Notes Closed captioning in English
Event Broadcast 2010-10-25 at 20:30:00
Notes Classification: NC
Subject Corruption investigation.
Cricket players.
Cricket -- Betting.
Cricket -- Corrupt practices.
Test matches (Cricket)
Australia.
Pakistan.
Form Streaming video
Author Alam, Intikhab, contributor
Butt, Ijaz, contributor
Condon, Lord, contributor
Dixit, Dheeraj, contributor
Grayburn, Malcolm, contributor
Haigh, Gideon, contributor
Lawson, Geoff, contributor
Lorgat, Haroon, contributor
Majeed, Mazhar, contributor
O'Brien, Kerry, host
Ponting, Ricky, contributor
Raja, Ramiz, contributor
Sheikh, Zulqarnain, contributor
Shukla, Rajeev, contributor
Speed, Malcolm, contributor
Sutherland, James, contributor
Twaits, Andrew, contributor
Watson, Shane, contributor
Wilkinson, Marian, reporter
Zia, Tauqir, contributor