Cricket Match Fixing
BBC SPORT | Cricket | Ashes bookmaker allegation probed
Its a nothing story, one man cannot fix a cricket match.
Have a plan and stick to it
I agree. One man acting completely alone cannot fix a game. I would say that they could have a huge effec though. Take Warne on a favourable pitch; he might be expected to take wickets and keep runs down. He bowls 12 balls and pulls out injured - not guaranteeing an opposition win, but removing your key bowling weapon can only enhance their chances.
If you take Hansie Cronje, who was singled out by bookmakers as someone who could be turned, he went on to try to influence the game by offering money to teammates for poor performance. So the bookmaker may only need one player to be turned themselves if that player holds power over others in his camp. Especially with cricket at that time, which, in comparison with other sports paid rather badly, I would think these attempts would have been quite prolific. And sadly, even just earlier in the month offcials were investigating why bookmakers were using hotel rooms on the same floor as the Pakistani cricket team - doubt it was just a coincidence.
I think it was coincidence, why would they need to be in the same hotel even if they were fixing it? Staying in a room next to the person you are calooding (sp?) with fails your first year of Bribery School.
Originally Posted by musicbox
Its a moot point that one I agree with everything else you said. And you put it much better than I could have done.
I just think the media blow certain nothingy things up out of all proportion, and sometimes there are much bigger clear cut cases of actual cheating such as Harry Redknapp and Kieron Fallon, etc etc, and nothing happens anyway.
Have a plan and stick to it
I think the media thing is spot on. They're after a big scoop, the bigger the names the better, the bigger the scandal the better. And like in other forms of "journalism", many, from bottom of the rung reporters right through to editors, wouldn't be concerned about concocting a story to sell a paper nevermind to simply exaggerate particular factual events. Not necessarily in the UK, but there's also other things at play; religious, political and personal views on gambling which may also lead to "corrupt" reporting.
It does appear overt to stay at the same hotel as a team/sportsman you wish to turn but I don't think it's a crazy way of doing things even if it doesn't adhere to the very secret meetings which have been portayed in the past with envelopes being past under tables! Although there may be a coincidence with all types of people staying in a hotel, the reason for my comment is this; if a UK book happened to have people at the hotel, one would be surprised if reports of them approaching the players ever came out because if it was a coincidence they were staying there in the first place. In this case, the PCB board asked for an inquiry because they were saying (as were reports) that players had been approached and asked if they would meet for dinner etc. The inquiry the Pakistanis conducted into the match fixing of the 90s saw that bookmakers were quite brazenly staying at the hotels the players were staying at (in fact the very same hotel as in this latest affair/non-affair). So potentially obvious, yes, but it's an opportunity to get five minutes asking for autographs, photos, a chat and to try to arrange a meeting in the very place you'd actually least assume someone would be brazen enough to try to bribe a player. Beyond that, deliberately senidng in Indian bookmakers to the Pakistani team hotel could work on the level of simply creating a fuss to make people believe the Pakistani team are corrupt even if non of them did, or would do, anything wrong.
Anyway, the latest Pakistani situation appears a rather bizarre one with its own people claiming something was untoward, bookmakers being moved from their floor because of complaints of approaches etc but them later retracting some of the statements and the official inquiry concluding none of this even happened.
In the end though, I'm sure we all realise that the vast majority of people in sport aren't drugs cheats or open to bribes. The small number that are, and which go on to be found out, contribute to spoiling sport. How many of us watch Bolt run his world record and think "hmm, is he on something?" and how many see a batting collapse or unlikely comebacks and think "hmmm" - probably more now than before any of bigger scandals came about even if, in the main, it's a completely unfounded view.
Modern cricket is such a bind these days! Team managers, doctors, physio's, batting and bowling coaches. And a professional match fixer as well now. In my day you just had a couple of pints the night before the match and the captain told you if we were going to be trying or not. Happy days.
Total disaster for Pakistan cricket and I hope the senior players involved are thrown out for good, though the past suggests this might not happen. And getting the young lad Amir involved is unforgivable. Potentially one of the great bowlers of the next twenty years and being roped into this shit at eighteen years old is sickening. I love cricket and to turn the game at it's highest level into some sordid pathetic criminal money grubbing enterprise like this is heartbreaking really, and to think what the ordinary people of Pakistan must feel when all they ask for is a few heroes to look up to and follow when their country is coming apart, and what they get is this shower of shitheads and morons. Very depressing.
Such a shame when professional athletes feel the need to make a quick buck by getting involved in schemes like this.
What is even worse is when the tabloids find a story like this and get all over it, thus ensuring all involved are branded as cheats before they've even had a fair hearing, purely to sell papers because its a slow news day.
I hope justice is done