Should the Pakistan series continue?

September 6, 2010 at 11:48 am 1 comment

Having had a few days to take in the scandal engulfing cricket I realised my initial reaction to the news was also my most accurate.

When the story broke last weekend of the News Of The World’s sting that accused Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif of taking cash to ‘fix’ no-balls I wasn’t entirely surprised.

It sounds cynical, I know, but the spectre of match fixing and corruption has hung over the game across the world for years now but has been brushed aside and avoided by the authorities, perhaps to preserve lucrative sponsorship deals and just hope that it goes away.

But in light of these allegations it at least forces people to confront the issue head on begin to clean the game up – starting with life bans for those found guilty.

But while all that is going on and the accused Pakistan players spend a day down at Scotland Yard should their team-mates really be playing a T20 down the road?

Whatever happens in the series it will be tainted by what is happening off the field. The fans will be talking about it, the players will be thinking about it and you can be sure the press will be writing about it. People will also be reluctant to get involved in legitimate cricket betting, just in case.

The integrity of the game has been put into question – how can we trust any player while these allegations fly around? You can imagine the reaction if a bowler bowls a blatant no-ball. Any personal achievement will be drowned out by a million voices asking the question – was that fixed?

The England players have already made it clear how uncomfortable it would be to play in these matches while there are rumours of fans who have already bought tickets looking to offload them as quickly as possible.
Yes it may cost a few bob to cancel the series but if this problem isn’t rooted out and is left to fester the long-term damage to the game will cost a whole lot more.

Meanwhile, the Ashes cricket betting suggests that England are still in for a thrashing after some less-than-convincing displays.

The fear is their bowlers will struggle on tough Australian wickets.


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