In organized sports, match fixing, race fixing or sports fixing occurs as a match is played to a completely or partially pre-determined result, violating the rules of the game and often the law. Match-fixing generally refers to fixing the final result of the game. The major motivations behind match fixing are gambling and future team advantage. Why cricketers would sell their reputations, their careers, their team, their country is one of them?
We ought to assume answers that Cricketers are also like us-the common man and greed is a basic human nature. There is no full stop to greed and this greed applies to every race, creed and color. Or it is because the players’ careers are being so threatened by the increasing number of manipulations that they are tempted to make some extra money at the cost of morality, to lay aside for the future? But….. Unfortunately, Cricketing administration has slept in the hope that like a bad dream match fixing will come to an end with the batting of eyelid.
The fine imposed on the cricketers was too mild a penalty for information of that magnitude…… One of the recommendations suggested by the ICC code of Conduct Commission must be “an obligation on the part of the players to report to the team manager or captain any approach made to them by bookmakers or knowledge of such approach to any other player” with the corollary that “failure to make such a report be made a punishable offence”. It is for the players to help keep their sport unblemished, for a tainted game means even the honest will be under scrutiny.
The villain of piece is none else but ‘macabre money’, the glory glitter of which has blinded many an upright player to fall into the trap. The gentleman’s game has fallen into the horrendous hands of bookie; for whom cricket should no longer be decided on the batting pitch, but in the ‘betting back – room’ of some five star hotel.. Before it is too late to mend the matters, the cricket boards and others in the cricket playing countries should see to it that the unscrupulous bookies match fixers do not consume the cricket culture.
Besides betting, some very reputed players have confessed to being paid for providing information to a bookie about the pitch and the weather, conclusively indicating that the rot has run deep. Everything may be fair in love and wars but as far as morality over money, excellence over expediency and commitment over compromise in strict adherence to sportsmanship and healthy competition are concerned, no laxity or apathy can be allowed to run down the long established practices and precedents.
The cricketing boards, whose sole interest now seems to be to make as much money as possible, should concentrate on ascertaining why such degeneration has taken place. It is only because of the excessive money that flows into the game? With the disgrace events such as match fixing and spot fixing have bought to the country, the cricket board needs to get strict and teach its players discipline at the grass root level so they do not head towards earning money the wrong way and play the game fairly as it ought to be played.