September 9, 2021

Filmtip: Cricket’s Match Fixers: The Munawar Files

Filmtip: Cricket’s Match Fixers: The Munawar Files

Fraudstorytelling | Weekly filmtips | 2 September 2019

Title: Cricket’s Match Fixers: The Munawar Files
Duration: 58 minutes
Year: 2018
Producer: Al Jazeera
Tagging: #corruption#matchfixing#sportsindustry

Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit reveals more explosive evidence of corruption in cricket after Cricket’s Match-Fixers rocked the sport in May 2018. The Munawar Files reveal that the match-fixer featured in the earlier documentary is part of a powerful criminal syndicate and has been fixing international matches since 2010. Al Jazeera’s investigators have obtained telephone recordings that show Aneel Munawar ringing in details of fixes in 15 international matches to a notorious Indian bookmaker. The fixed sessions involve some of the world’s best-known players. The teams include England, Australia and Pakistan. Many of the matches include multiple fixes and two involve both teams, making a total of 25 fixes in 15 matches at the highest levels of international cricket. The investigation also discovers that the sport’s governing body, the International Cricket Council, knew about Munawar as long ago as 2010.

There is a lot of money to be made in the world of sports, and cricket is no exception as the second most popular game in the world. And in a world where there is a lot of money in circulation, it is even more attractive to obtain that money in all kinds of possible and illegal ways. Al Jazeera investigates in this documentary the story of one of the most infamous match fixers; Aneel Munawar.

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