Mafia Cricket

In the last one decade, the ICC has done nothing noteworthy to stop match fixing (even if it is spot fixing or result fixing). The ICC Anti Corruption Unit has failed the game spectacularly.

Three young Pakistani players have been found guilty of spot fixing; all three have been banned for five years each.

Haroon Lorgat, the ICC's chief executive, hoped that as a result of the ICC's investigation and the subsequent hearing, the game's image would improve.

Oh really, Lorgat? He is only concerned about the “image of the business he runs.”

Maybe it is best we don't ask: How do we save the game from corruption? The ICC is not least interested in it.

In 2000 the cricket establishment banned quite a few players: Hansie Cronje and Mohd Azharuddin being the big names. In Pakistan Justice Qayyum's findings were thrown aside by a corrupt cricket establishment. So many investigations and enquiries, ACU, Paul Condon and a decade later three young Pakistani players were busted in a sting operation by NOTW and it's Fake Sheik.

Banning a few players is not going to make any fundamental change to corruption and criminal activities in the entertainment industry, including cricket.

What has the ICC or even the Scotland Yard done to investigate the real criminal source of this evil corruption that grips cricket?

What have they done to nail the betting and fixing mafia? How many cricket administrators have links to this mafia? Too many questions need to be asked.

It is completely wrong to suggest that Pakistani players take to cricket with the one intention: cheat, fix, become millionaires. Pakistani players, over the years, have proved to be exceptionally talented cricketers.

Last year, it was very obvious that a Test match and a T20 game was tanked by the Pakistan cricket team – in Australia.

What did the PCB or ICC do? Nothing.

How come Pakistani police and secret service do not go after the Mafia that controls Pakistani cricket? How come there is no will on the part of Pakistani government to fix the real fixers?

The case of the Lord's Pakistani trio could have been handled in a much better fashion. They could have been made approvers, even forced to get information on the mafia connection – and got the real criminals banished behind bars for 20 or 30 years.

The sad thing is the ICC and cricket administrators are having a “moral orgasm” over the indictment of these three Pakistani players. They are happy to go back to “business as usual.” It is exactly that “business as usual” which involves criminal gangs and mafia that must be stopped NOW.

That leaves us with Juvenal's famous question: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (Who will guard the guards themselves?)

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