Three Test matches featuring the Men in Blue were fixed, claims Al Jazeera. What is BCCI saying?

XtraTime Web Desk: The BCCI has finally broken their silence regarding a sting operation by Dubai based daily Al Jazeera where they alleged that three test matches featuring India were fixed. As per the parent body of Indian cricket they would think about taking legal actions against former cricketer Robin Morris if the ICC finds him as the culprit in their ongoing probe.

As per the sting operation by Al Jazzera the three Test matches in question are India vs Sri Lanka (Galle, July 26-29, 2017), India vs Australia (Ranchi, March 16-20, 2017) and India vs England (Chennai, December 16-20, 2016).

The first and third Tests mentioned were won by India while the Ranchi encounter ended in a draw. "We believe ICC has started its probe. Let them complete that and pronounce Morris guilty. The BCCI will only act when they have the verdict in hand," a senior office-bearer of the Board told PTI today.

He also said that Morris, who has played 42 first-class and 51 List A matches in his career is not currently involved in any BCCI projects. "We need to check with our Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) whether Morris' name was there on the suspect list. Secondly, he is not associated with any BCCI or state unit project currently from where we need to pull him out.

"So the only thing left is BCCI domestic cricketers' pension of Rs 22,500 (after deductions). If he is getting that pension, BCCI is well within its rights to cancel that but only after he has been proven guilty," the official said.

Morris, on his part, has reportedly denied any wrongdoing and has cried conspiracy. Alleged to be a match-fixer, Morris is seen introducing Galle curator Tharanga Indika to the undercover reporter and boasting about getting pitches doctored as sought by fixers. The ICC has launched an investigation into the matter.

Morris, along with former Pakistan cricketer Hasan Raza (world record holder for being youngest ever Test cricketer), is allegedly seen in the video bragging about their connections and ability to fix pitches through groundsmen.

The Mumbai cricketing fraternity wasn't particularly shocked by the allegations against Morris. A product of the famous Shardashram School and a disciple of Ramakant Achrekar (Sachin Tendulkar's formative coach), Morris was considered to be a handy limited-overs cricketer, who quit cricket at 31.

"Had his best days coincided with IPL, he would have been a good domestic pick. But he went to the rebel (and now defunct) Indian Cricket League just after taking 8 wickets for Mumbai in Irani Trophy," a Mumbai cricket insider said.

A lot of people couldn't fathom why Morris, hailing from a middle-class family, left a secure job with Bharat Petroleum.

"I can bet he didn't earn a fortune playing domestic cricket and ICL. So in past few years, his lifestyle didn't actually add up. He would drive a Mercedes Benz, wear those expensive watches," said another close friend of the former player.

"Some of his old friends started keeping a distance from him. His frequent trips to Dubai did raise suspicion," added a former cricketer, who has played Duleep and Deodhar with Morris.

Since the controversy broke yesterday, Morris has disconnected his mobile number and has also deleted his Facebook account.

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