In less than a fortnight, cricket has suffered twin blows, both at the international and domestic level.
- First was Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan’s belated admission of corrupt approaches by bookies. The International Cricket Council immediately suspended him.
- 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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