Fallen Heroes: The first sting on match fixing

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The exclusive Tehelka sting footage from May 2000, which for the first time caught on camera, cricketers speaking about fixing matches

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vindoo_sreesanth-(1)When Hysteria Takes Over Reason

The hullabaloo generated by the media and even the police in the IPL spot-fixing scandal is nothing but another sport, in which everyone is playing to the gallery. The idea should be to check this unscrupulous and tedious coverage and concentrate on accountability

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N_SrinivasanPawar Or Not, Srinivasan Will Not Back Down

The BCCI President knows his fortunes ride on him remaining the president, says Jeemon Jacob

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Sreesanth: From Angry Bird To A Rotten Egg?

The spot-fixing controversy has left people from Sreesanth’s home state fuming, who they say, has discredited Kerala and his fans

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How to fix greed?

The players guilty of spot-fixing might have done us a good turn if the recent revelations mean that existing laws will be tightened

It is not always possible to agree with the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). But following the arrest of three Rajasthan Royals players for spot fixing in the IPL, he made a pertinent point. “This is about greed,” he said, “and not about inadequate compensation.” True, and you cannot legislate against human greed.

Sunil Gavaskar put into words what millions around the country must have been thinking: “I feel like a fool.” Suddenly, the IPL is tainted officially. Every last-over finish (and there are sound statistical reasons why there are so many last-over finishes), every dropped catch, every no-ball, every wardrobe adjustment raises the question: Who paid whom? Read More>

IPL: Glorious uncertainties or bookie’s delight?

While visible action needs to be taken against Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila, that would be merely dealing with the symptoms, says TS Sudhir

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Ravi Shastri, think again before you call cricket a game of glorious uncertainties tonight. For today’s ‘Halla Bol’ disclosures made by the Delhi Police have effectively proved that there is nothing glorious or uncertain about the Indian Premier League (IPL). If the cops are to be believed, the bookie-player jugalbandi has ensured that every ball, every run, every over can be fixed on the spot in the Indian Paisa League. All you need is a towel!

The Delhi Police have truly been the real Delhi Daredevils this IPL season, unearthing what many believe is a routine happening in every IPL. Thanks to the nature of the game, it is next to impossible to pinpoint a dollar-induced miss-hit or a dropped catch or a no-ball from a genuine blunder on the field. But if the sleuths are to be believed, the rigour in tracking and recording phone calls and messages, and juxtaposing the deals with what happened on the field, has given them a fair idea of the spot fixing that some of the cricketers were indulging in.Read More>

1 COMMENT

  1. Hopefully now,this vulgar, sickening bastardization of a game will grind to a halt and all the millions of dollars being poured in by the corporates can be diverted to sports like badminton where we have 6 men and 2 women in the toppers ,hockey athletics and football Imagine a World No 2 like Saina Nehwal and World No 11 like Kashyap have to struggle for sponsors And these guys compete with the Chinese, Japs, Koreans, Germans, Danes and the like..52 nations and not a bunch of 8 colonial cousins like in cricket. Saina’s first sponsor Deccan Chronicle went bust and never paid her the promised sum which she declared and paid as advance tax Her second sponsor is that other sicko Sahara. Sorry to dampen your humour, folks. I am no misanthrope but this shindig called IPL has gone just too far and if you love any other sport than cricket you might understand what I mean.

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