The End of Cricket? Match-Fixing Allegations Tarnish Pakistan

August 29, 2010
Aaman Lamba

Cricket seems to be going the way of all flesh. Venal filth has transformed this game of gentlemen into something tawdry and flawed. Almost everyone watching a cricket game, apart from Test matches perhaps, knows there is something artificial about the game, and the performance is precisely that. From the earlier match-fixing scandals that benighted the careers of many top captains to the beyond tolerable commercialisation of the IPL, cricket has long since lost its sheen. The ICC seems to be more a game of musical chairs with the captains of cricketing commerce at the helm, passing the odd order and not really stopping the denigration of the game.

Test Cricket in that most hallowed of grounds, Lord's in England, was dealt a deathly blow today with the expose in British tabloid News of the World of a spot-fixing scandal wherein they allegedly paid a fixer on camera the relatively princely sum of £ 150,000 for Pakistan to throw no-balls against England in the ongoing fourth test. The cheating side delivered, with Mohammed Amir and Mohammed Asif turning in three sequential no-balls. The bookie Mazhar Majeed claimed Pakistan captain Salman Butt was the ringleader and that there were allegedly seven cricketers in the ring, with an 'Indian party' in the know. After the tabloid published their report with accompanying photographs allegedly showing the money transfer and of their undercover reporter with the bookie and Salman Butt.

The bookie has been arrested by Scotland Yard and the International Cricket Council confirmed the allegations, saying they were taking them seriously, flying in a squad from the Anti-Corruption Unit based in Dubai. Surprisingly, the game will continue as scheduled, although the players might expect to be greeted with brickbats rather than bouquets. The stain is very likely to spread with more stars from other teams being named and shamed. The bookie has already claimed the Pakistan loss against Australia in Sydney in 2009 was rigged and made the syndicate a killing. These allegations have plagued the Pakistan team for months, and given the country's humanitarian crisis, is a distraction that Pakistan can ill-afford at this stage.

Aaman Lamba is the Publisher of, a Blogcritics network site. He also blogs, more infrequently nowadays, at Audit Trails Of Self
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The End of Cricket? Match-Fixing Allegations Tarnish Pakistan


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