The recent “allegations” over the three Pakistani Cricketers for match fixing is a shame for Pakistan but above that it is shame for whole cricketing world. I am a crazy cricket fan, more so because my whole childhood passed playing cricket, almost 24 years i must say to be exact. I have been watching news a lot lately just because of these scandals going on (else, i don’t watch news, my belief on News was shaken badly after India TV came into existence 🙂 ).
Today while watching news i heard that Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden and one other English whose name i don’t remember said that, Match Fixing and Corruption in cricket is more so in the sub-continent because our Culture is deep rooted with Corruption and we are taught to be corrupt while growing up. May be true for them, in some sense because the 8 countries in South Asia rank way below in Transparency International Report.
But, that does not mean everyone is corrupt here. I don’t know much about International Cricket before the 1996 world cup but after that the first time i heard about Match Fixing was in 2000 when South Africa was touring India and few Indian players were found to be bribed to lose the match.
Those players to be exact where Mohammad Azharuddin, Ajay Jadeja and even Herschelle Gibbs of South Africa was alleged in the crime. That tour was a disaster; i still remember how whole Cricketing Culture was shocked to hear that Match Fixing was in happening in International Cricket where Players play for the sake of their country rather than a club or corporate company.
If Match Fixing occurs in IPL or Champions League T-20, then no one cares because those games are meant only for Entertainment, does not matters you lose or win. But in International Cricket, Match Fixing is like bacteria which will not only decays the country where it happens but entire cricketing world.
The allegations from Pointing and Hayden, that corruption is rooted in Sub-continent is enough to break the whole cricketing world in two Parts. Given the size of BCCI and money and power it has and coupled with PCB and Cricket Srilanka, it can be a disastrous for these teams even if they think of parting there ways from ICC just because of these allegations.
I have a feeling that Aussies are pissed off with Murali who won Warne in race to top bowler so they time and again come up with allegations against the sub-continent players. But these Australian Mates must watch their mouth before speaking.
They alleged Pakistani players being the most corrupt, i agree, some may be corrupt, specially folks like Mohammad Asif and Shoaib akhtar, but don’t forget Pakistan is the Country where Wasim Akram, Waqar Yunous, Inzamam-ul-haq come from and who were more talented than any Australian or English player.
They allege India is corrupt, but MATE, you forget Sachin, Ganguly, Dravid, Kumble, who single handedly brought back the entire Indian Team to the top of the world after the shady history of Match Fixing. Just because few happened to be mole in the group does not mean everyone is same.
No team wants to Tour Pakistan, because of security, that is rightful for them, but dissolving PCB or striping Pakistani Team from International Cricket will be the disastrous action that ICC can take today. If you want to change anything, change the way Cricket is run.
Change officials of PCB, take extreme actions against people like Mohammad Asif, Salman Butt, etc. so no one dares to fix a match again but banning whole team will be hard blow against all those upcoming Pakistani Players who have high aspirations to play for their country.
And this one for Aussies: what ya talking mate, stop whining, just because you are world champions does not means your players can’t be corrupt. You know, you telling sub-continent is corrupt sounds quiet racist to me.
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