All them truth slayers

Nicky Boje has been questioned by the Delhi Police, in connection with the infamous Match Fixing scandal of 2000.

A BBC report says:

This is the first time Boje has been questioned over the affair after he missed two subsequent tours to India but he was defended by former South Africa cricket chief Dr Ali Bacher last year.

"Nicky Boje was innocent. I know that for a fact. I can read people," said Bacher.

Ali Bacher knows the facts, you know why? Cause he can read people. Why the hell didn't he read Hansie Cronje?

The King Commission did not question Bob Woolmer, who was the 'efficient' coach at the time. His assistant being the super-effecient Graham Ford.

Are we fools to believe that Woolmer and Ford didn't know what Hansie and some of his boys were up to. It is ridiculous to believe only Hansie was involved in the fixing game.

Hansie Cronje, sat in the dressing room - looking absolutely gutted - as Donald ran himself out in the 1999 World Cup semi-final. Mind you, Gibbs famously 'dropped the world cup as well.'

I am not saying that Donald or Gibbs was directly involved in the fixing thing... cause we don't have any other evidence. The only evidence we have is that they behaved like idiots during a World Cup semi final, which doesn't hold water in a court of law.

My worry is, Ali Bacher was running South African cricket in the 90s - and that too during the Match Fixing period. Bacher did defend Cronje initially. If not for the Delhi police and Kochi police - and the mobile phone recordings... they would have all blamed it on the "third world policemen." and gotten away with it.

Why the BCCI went for Graham Ford, who was pretty much a part of the South African set up as an Assistant Coach during the Fixing era, is beyond me. That too a committee - and that too such illustrious men like Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and Venkatraghavan picked Ford - says a lot about the cricketing morality.

That Ford mysteriously pulled out at the last moment is another story. Why did he? Did someone alert him that he could come under scrutiny in India? If he knew of the fixing and did nothing about it - he is as maligned as Cronje.

As an Assistant coach, if he didn't know anything about what was going on inside the team - then he is totally inefficient.

The same rule applies to Woolmer as well.

I heard this from a very reliable South African journalist, who has been very close to the players... towards the end of the 90s, RSA cricket team was under the influence of evangelists. Of course, loud religion is a perfect cover for crime. Mind you, Bob Woolmer was at the helm when the evangelism took over.

Next stop for Woolmer after RSA was Pakistan. A team that clearly enjoyed partying and getting into trouble in the late hours. Once Woolmer was made the national coach, the long-bearded religionists took over Pakistani cricket. Again, religion was used as an Alibi (On, I might be speculating on this...) but hey, isn't there a strong coincidence?

Woolmer in RSA, Woolmer in Pakistan. May be Woolmer was innocent, we just don't know. Now that Cronje and Woolmer are gone from this world, the truths have also been slayed with them.

How many of Doosra's readers or cricket lovers from around the world know about something called a Bob Woolmer Trust Fund?

This bit completely stunned me:

To provide financial security for his immediate family – wife Gill, and sons Dale and Russell – their breadwinner has died and they need to be looked after in the future.

After more than a decade in International cricket as a leading Coach... how could have Woolmer died a poor man?

I just cannot comprehend the idea that Woolmer's grown up sons lost their breadwinner - and so we all need to donate funds for their daily bread!

Isn't something so terribly wrong with that? I do get a bad feeling about it... Maybe I love conspiracy theories.

Lets move on to our new national coach - the India team coach that is: Gary Kirsten. Again, the BCCI seems to have some sort of a nostalgic sympathy towards South African cricketers from the fixing period.

What proof do we have to suspect Gary Kirsten? None.
BUT, Wait a minute!

In his latest Autobiography GAZZA Kirsten reveals quite a few truths.

Look at this Cricinfo report on Gazza

Kirsten also provided a detailed account of the famous incident in Mumbai in 1996-97, when Cronje asked the whole team deliberately to underperform in a one-day match against India. Kirsten said that Cronje addressed the entire squad, with only Bob Woolmer, the coach, not around.

"We have been offered a lot of money to throw a game, he [Cronje] said. I swear you could have heard a pin drop at that moment," writes Kirsten. "Nobody moved a muscle. In retrospect I think I had gone into instant shock. Even if I had wanted to speak I would have been unable to. Hansie carried on talking slowly but clearly.

"I listened but it was out of respect for the captain and a strange fascination with what he was saying rather than any intention to carry out instructions. I knew within a few seconds I could not be involved ... but I listened. He had been asked to create the perfect fix. He spelt out the details of how the match had to pan out, with a spread of scores we needed to be within every five overs.

"I started sweating. It was a bad dream. I kept thinking, 'How do batsmen get out deliberately?' It was ridiculous. After eight overs we needed to be one wicket down - me - and we needed to have under 25 runs on the board. The idea was absurd. I have never got out deliberately in my life. He mentioned a couple of times it would be worth 60 or 70 thousand rand [about $15,000] each.

"The whole talk lasted about ten minutes but it felt a lot longer. Eventually Daryll Cullinan and Andrew Hudson spoke out. They both spoke along similar lines and they represented all our views. Hudders said we were ridiculous to even think about it, let alone talk about it. The same feeling filtered through the room and the meeting was clearly over. There were no waverers or doubters."

Kirsten also says that he increasingly became uncomfortable with the repeated references to match-fixing that Cronje kept making. "There was just a bit too much banter about the subject around the team. The captain of six years' standing was talking about match-fixing a lot and joking to his players about being involved. It wasn't really possible to know whether he was being serious or not.

"In retrospect he appeared to be handing out invitations all the time in the form of silly little comments like, 'If you make nought today someone will get very rich.' The power of wealth and the greed for money were his weaknesses, and he was more heavily addicted than any of us knew. Perhaps as a senior player I should have acted but hindsight is a perfect science and life isn't."

Perhaps??? Yeah, perhaps. There is the answer. Gary Kirsten shouldn't be the India coach.

Kirsten does admit that "There was just a bit too much banter about the subject (Fixing) around the team."

And guess what Woolmer, Graham Ford, and Gary Kirsten did?

They never dared to expose a crime. Now Gary tries to wash off his guilt by calling hindsight a perfect science.

Does it mean, everyone who loves this wonderful game of cricket - is a fool? Are you one? I am not. I don't buy these lies.

The Indian team needs a coach, a man or a woman of high integrity. Kirsten admits he let himself down. Maybe, he was sold to the idea that praying to god would keep the ugly truth in the dark.

The government of India too has no balls to pull up the BCCI.

Gary Kirsten, get ready to face some really tough questions. If you go to the city of Kochi, you might as well take a lawyer with you. You have a case to answer. You knew what Cronje was up to, you knew about match fixing, and what did you do? You kept quiet and covered up a crime. A silent supporter of a BIG crime.

There is another man in the ICC these days, Dave Richardson. He was behind the stumps when Cronje was into fixing. Wasn't he there during the "famous incident in Mumbai in 1996-97?"

A Lawyer by profession, Dave Richardson has been ICC's General Manager since 2002. What did he do about the information on match fixing in 1996-97? We all know the answer.

It is my belief that it takes more than one player to fix a cricket match.

If I was the BCCI President, I wouldn't have anyone from that infamous RSA team anywhere near the Indian team.

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