Heroism is essential to sport and cricket is no exception. Cricket, a gentleman’s game is shrouded in shame. Like a virus betting and match-fixing have seeped into crickets’ bloodstream to the point where the essence of cricket has been shattered. The foundation of cricket is its credibility and it is shaking like a leaf in a sudden storm. We ask again and again-where did talent end and the fix began? In organized sports, match fixing, race fixing or sports fixing occurs as a match is played to a completely or partially pre-determined result, violating the rules of the game and often the law. Match-fixing generally refers to fixing the final result of the game. The major motivations behind match fixing are gambling and future team advantage. Why cricketers would sell their reputations, their careers, their team, their country is one of them? We ought to assume answers that Cricketers are also like us-the common man and greed is a basic human nature. There is no full stop to greed and this greed applies to every race, creed and color. Or it is because the players' careers are being so threatened by the increasing number of manipulations that they are tempted to make some extra money at the cost of morality, to lay aside for the future? But…..Unfortunately, Cricketing administration has slept in the hope that like a bad dream match fixing will come to an end with the batting of eyelid. The fine imposed on the cricketers was too mild a penalty for information of that magnitude…… One of the recommendations suggested by the ICC code of Conduct Commission must be “an obligation on the part of the players to report to the team manager or captain any approach made to them by bookmakers or knowledge of such approach to any other player” with the corollary that “failure to make such a report be made a punishable offence”. It is for the players to help keep their sport unblemished, for a tainted game means even the honest will be under scrutiny. The villain...
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