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  • Date Submitted: 12/28/2011 05:29 AM
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the dubious developments, both on and off the cricket field during the last one-decade or so, have brought the glorious game within the ambit of accusation, innuendoes, inquiries and investigations. This is certainly a 'big backlash', not only for the game but for the reputation of the players and their patrons too. The villain of piece is none else but 'macabre money', the glory glitter of which has blinded many an upright player to fall into the trap and get mauled sooner than anticipated.
If the axiom 'Money makes the mare go' has begun to cast its sinister spell over almost all modes or mores of morality, it is time to feel candidly concerned about the shape of things to come.
The gentleman's game has fallen into the horrendous hands of bookie; for whom cricket should no longer be decided on the batting pitch, but in the 'betting back - room' of some five star hotel. What hare come to be linked with some cricketers is in way a matter of pride and pleasure, but a subject of deep deliberation and discussion.
Before it is too late to mend the matters, the cricket boards and others in the cricket playing countries should see to it that the unscrupulous bookies match fixers do not, like vultures, consume the cricket culture that a majority of players, and their admirers, have nursed and nourished over a long period of time.
In history there was a generation, which believed that the battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton. But today's cricketing world, with its floodlights, colored clothes, white balls, black side screens, location in the desert, and numbers of cameras, including one hovering over the ground, commercial breaks and the huge influx of money have evolved rules of its own, not all of which answer to the description of cricket as a gentleman's game.
Besides betting, some very reputed players have confessed to being paid for providing information to a bookie about the pitch and the weather, conclusively indicating that the rot has run...


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