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Shadow Players

Chandrachud’s shallow report gives a murky, complex scenario a clean chit

Shadow Players
Shadow Players
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IT needs a rank outsider to bust up a party. We stumbled on to the match-fixing story because we are not a professional sports magazine. In the last week of February this year, principal correspondent Aniruddha Bahal returned from South Africa brimming with excitement. It had nothing to do with the scintillating cricket he’d seen. What had him agog were intimations of a huge racket that could knock the glitter out of the most feverish fan’s eyes. He had heard and seen things that were just not cricket.

Writing in Granta, Phillip Knightley reckoned: "While sports writers give the impression of being only too willing to criticise sportsmen, it’s all froth and bubble—they never write the most interesting stories because they have to live and travel with the people they have to write about." Bahal, who finds himself covering environment one week and defence the next, had no such need. We tried to restrict him to just writing up the series report. But he insisted we were falling for the shadowplay on the wall, and...

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