Dubai: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday launched an appeal to find one remaining suspected match-fixer from a recent documentary by Al Jazeera.
The appeal is part of an extensive investigation by the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), and the alleged fixer, known as Aneel Munawar, remains unidentified. The programme makers have indicated that this man will now be central to a second documentary.
Alex Marshall, General Manager ICC ACU, said: “We have identified every other person in the original documentary and have spoken to a number of them in connection with match fixing, including those who are not deemed to be participants under our Anti-Corruption Code.”
“However, the true identity of Aneel Munawar remains a mystery. He plays a significant role in the programme, yet enquiries with law enforcement and immigration sources have not identified or located him,” he added.
The ICC called on the public or anyone from within the cricket fraternity for information that will lead to identify and locate the match-fixer. “Police investigations often use such an appeal to locate people of interest and we are exercising the same approach,” it added.
Emphasising that the global governing body of cricket has made a good progress in unearthing the details, Marshall stated, “We are aware that there is a second documentary in the offing, this time based on historical recordings between a fixer, suspected to be Munawar and bookies in India. As with the first programme, we will investigate any claims made in a full and thorough manner and we take any allegations of corruption, historical or contemporary, extremely seriously.”
“As with the first programme we have and will continue to ask for the cooperation of the broadcaster. Access to the raw, unedited footage enables us to build a complete picture around the claims in the documentary and ensure our investigation is as fair and thorough as possible,” he stated.