In less than a fortnight, cricket has suffered twin blows, both at the international and domestic level.

  1. First was Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan’s belated admission of corrupt approaches by bookies. The International Cricket Council immediately suspended him.
  1. Within India C.M. Gautam and Abrar Kazi, two players who represented Ballari Tuskers in the Karnataka Premier League, were arrested following their involvement in match fixing and for specifically under-performing and throwing their final against Hubli Tigers at Mysore in August this year. The inducement was an amount of ₹20 lakh and the duo allegedly agreed.

When the match-fixing scandal first broke in 2000 and scalped big names such as Mohammad Azharuddin, Hansie Cronje and Saleem Malik, the punitive measures then taken, like a life-long ban, were seen as an adequate deterrent. However, despite life ban, new incidents have surfaced again and again.

Source: The Hindu

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