READER REPORT:

Has money taken over cricket?

ALISTER MATHESON
Last updated 05:01 26/05/2014
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Cricket will survive this latest round of revelations just as it has done so in the past over similar admissions of match fixing.

Apart from the obvious questions of who, what and how far spread match-fixing was, and whether this cancer still present, this historic match-fixing raises some serious questions about the basic management of cricket at the elite and sub-elite level.

Spot and match fixing has been known for a long time, almost certainly well before the Hanse Crojne revelations.

Why has the ICC not done anything in a public way to address these issues? I am sure that behind the scenes things are or are not happening, but as the public we have seen little public evidence of a concerted, systemic effort to get rid of this problem.

I acknowledge that we have seen a couple of high profile prosecutions but these have been too few and too infrequent.

As a fan I have to ask the question: Has the money overtaken the game?

Certainly, recent moves by the big three countries to create a super elite competition only supports the conjecture that money is running the sport.

In light of the continuing corruption issues it is not too far to suggest that a super competition is being created which will significantly increase the spot fixing market.

The Brendon McCullum revelations were made some months or years after the supposed approach. The ICC have not explained why it has taken so long for them to acknowledge publicly this revelation, either in specific or in broader terms.

I do not for one minute suggest that McCullum is actively involved in corrupt practices, but he is, by his own admission, involved by virtue of him being asked to be part of a corrupt scheme. The ICC has to answer the question: why was a captain of an international team approached? This suggests that the instigators felt very comfortable in their position. 

With regards to Chris Cairns, he has already been to court once and been exonerated.

It is time the ICC comes clean and states who and what they are looking at. This is only natural justice.

This is a murky world but as fans we deserve to know that when we watch a game of cricket we are assured that it is fair.


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