Though cricket is supposed to be a gentleman’s game, every few years controversy explodes over the sport of cricket. Sometimes the survival of a match has been called into question but the gentleman’s game has been able to maintain its sustainability.
Lets discuss some of the most talked-about controversies that have shaped the history of cricket.
Hansie Cronje Match Fixing
In 2000, the legendary South African cricketer was caught for match-fixing. Allegedly, the South African skipper had accepted a $15,000 bribe for himself and offered two of his teammates to underperform in exchange for cash. The Indian cops caught Cronje in recorded conversations with an Indian betting syndicate bookie.
As the investigation by the T20 IPL India went further more participants were uncovered and included India’s then captain Mohammad Azharuddin.
2018 Sri Lanka cricket pitch tampering scandal
In 2018, a news channel findings showed possible patch tampering During the home test matches involving Srilanka and Australia. The news channel claimed that through pitch tampering, the match-fixers have achieved desired results.
Pakistan Spot-Fixing Scandal
In August 2010, in a test match between England and Pakistan, a bookmaker named Mazhar Majeed decided to fix a portion of the test series. He convinced three players of Pakistan and took them by his side to perform the deed- Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir, and Mohammed Asif. He decided to fix specific events of the match to place wagers in those predecided events. As per the plan, the final test of the series witnessed Mohammad Amir bowled three straight no-balls. The detectives of Scotland yard then put the alleged people under investigation and trial happened in an English court
Marlon Samuels’ Match Fixing
In 2008, Marlon Samuels, a Jamaican cricketer who used to play for west indies was accused of passing on technical information to bookies about the upcoming matches. The cops released evidence of a conversation between the two men however, whether he received compensation or not was not clear. The international cricket council imposed a ban of two years.
IPL Spot-Fixing Scandal
The famous Indian premier was rocked in 2013 when the cops discovered evidence of spot-fixing throughout the tournament. On further investigation three players of Rajasthan royals Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan, and Ajit Chandila and eleven bookies were assumed to be a part of a huge organized crime syndicate. They were arrested.
The Board of Control initiated an investigation report that was compiled by Ravi Sawani, the chief of the anti-corruption unit. It was decided that Sreesanth and Chavan received lifetime bans from the sport while Amit Singh, another Royals player, was handed a lesser five-year ban.
Terrorist Attack in Pakistan
There are some days when you’d long for the standard match-fixing scandal. In March of 2009, at the Gaddafi stadium of Lahore was scheduled to hold a test match between the Pakistan and Sri Lankan national teams.
However, the match had to be canceled even before both teams reached the pitch.
The Sri Lankan team’s bus was on the way to the stadium when in an unfortunate turn of events, the bus was attacked by masked terrorists. Two civilians and 6 security officers were killed became victim to the attack
Three Srilankan player-Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera, and Tharanga Paravitarana had minor injuries. The entire world of cricket was greatly shaken.