Cricket has been plagued by spot-fixing scandals in the recent years making the ICC take serious note of any and every such situation that arises in cricket
In the recent years, ICC has been very strict with players who have been involved in fixing, serving them life bans, and putting forth an intolerant attitude towards fixers in the game.
Things are happening behind the scenes that seem to go unnoticed. These infamous factors are deemed contrary to the spirit of the game.
Since the past couple of days, there have been various sources about the spot-fixing in the ongoing Magellan Ashes series.
British tabloid, ‘The Sun’ recently carried out an extensive research on fixing in which a lot of shocking revelations were made.
A journalist interviewed a couple of Indian bookies and their conversation would not make for very good reading for a cricket fan
The bookies told the journalists that there were as many as 18 IPL matches that were fixed in the recent edition.
This might not go down well with ardent cricket fans who expect passion from the players on the field and nothing else from them.
Almost 1,75,000 pounds were paid to a former Test cricketer to bowl a wide delivery that modified a change in the run-rate.
The clever bookies also revealed some gestures that are exchanged on the field, between players and the bookies, in order to transfer important information.
The cryptic conversation was between the Sun reporter and the two bookies namely, Sobers Joban and Priyank Saxena.
The two bookies spoke about how the ongoing Magellan Ashes series can be fixed and the money worth 1,40,000 can be passed to the other side behind the scenes.
Their wordings have sent shocks to the cricket fraternity.
The enigmatic conversation as reported by Indian Express is as follows:
Joban: “I will give you work in the Ashes Test in Perth.”
The reporter: “So, do you think we might get something in the third Test.”
Joban: “Yes, sessions in Ashes…maybe first day or second day.”
Joban: “Yeah, runs, so it’s going to one session, the man will take Rs 60 lakh.”
One shouldn’t let spot-fixing to happen at any cost and ICC needs to take notice of this and punish the involved ones so that the game gets saved from choppy waters.