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Cricket's Dirty Games

Match-fixing looms as players, bookies, jounos and punters strike a nexus

Cricket's Dirty Games
Cricket's Dirty Games
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The visible, and the audible. The malady afflicting Indian cricket today is a hearsay. Not little spadefuls of coal you chuck in the boiler pit but big mouthfuls of Little Lucy, the biggest earch-mover ever build. It zaps you from all directions-journalists, board officials, players, ex-players, commentators, bookies, punters, police, bell-boys.

The trick is to filer the hearsay. Use it like batteries to focus on the visible. For instance, a senior Mumbai police officer's assertion that cricketers fix matches: "The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) can plead ignorance. Pleading ignorance is a kind of connivance."

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