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These are interesting times in cricket. There are more issues to be sorted for the administrators to retain the charm of the game. Vivian Richards, while he expresses his fascination for the modern, spoke to TOI on all the issues—from over-reliance on T20 cricket to player conduct to burnout issues to the dearth of quality in any team to match the dizzy heights of West Indies and Australia.

We could do with changing the international calendar. One format of the game may be successful and then we put our energies into that. Administrators have a huge role in making sure that it is an even playing field. Let’s not experiment too much with what we have. T20s did give cricket a facelift. Let’s not overlook the fact that the best players who played best T20s have played Test match cricket—AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Steve Smith, Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson. All these guys have balance in their base.

I can bet you, if there wasn’t any T20, their first thoughts would have been about representing their countries. All these guys will achieve what they want to achieve if they are good enough players. If the administrators can find avenues for these individuals to play for their countries because it is a platform that every player needs to become good T20 players. T20 players when lose their form, it’s difficult to come back. The names mentioned earlier have played the best T20 cricket and best Test cricket because they understand the balance and the background they have.

Pakistan were unbeaten in UAE for seven years since the gulf region became their adopted home in 2010. Best of teams had come and struggled in the scorching heat of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. With meticulous planning, the Sri Lankan side became the first team to win in UAE beating Pakistan 2-0 in a two-match series. It was Dinesh Chandimal’s first tour as captain and he has only gone from strength to strength since.

Although the Sri Lankans lost a three-match series in India 1-0, they did show remarkable fight against the world’s number one ranked team. More experienced Sri Lankan sides had gone to India and suffered humiliating defeats.Early this year, Sri Lanka took on a resurgent Bangladesh, who had beaten Australia and England in Test matches at home. Chandimal’s side did well to win both Tests. And now, the Sri Lankan skipper wants to taste more success in the Caribbean – where Sri Lanka have never won a Test series.

"You know, we have heard great stories about how West Indies dominated world cricket for decades and most Sri Lankans looked up to the great West Indies sides in our formative years. It is a good opportunity for us to go there, compete and win a series. We have not played a Test series there in ten years," Chandimal, who will be playing his first Test series in the Caribbean told Cricbuzz prior to the team’s departure on a month long tour.

Along with Indika, a Mumbai-based former professional cricketer Robin Morris and Tharindu Mendis, a professional player from Colombo, were also seen discussing how to change pitch conditions with an undercover reporter to favour certain bookmakers, who place bets on the result of the game.

According to the report in Al Jazeera, the documentary showed that the trio was already successful in fixing two Tests and were planning to do the same for the third time. The two fixed matches were Sri Lanka versus India in July last year and when hosts played Australia in August 2016. Both matches were played at the Galle International Stadium. For the third time, they were planning to fix England’s Test against Sri Lanka which is scheduled to take at Galle in November.

In the documentary, Morris was seen pointing towards Indika, and saying, "What happens is he €" we €" can make a pitch to do whatever we want it to do. Because he’s the main curator. He is the assistant manager and curator of the Galle stadium."