Sunday, September 19, 2010

What is Spot Fixing?

Spot fixing reports has engulfed two ODI matches of the England v/s Pakistan Series in the UK. The first ODI at Lords and the 3rd ODI at The Oval are under the scanner. Even the apex cricketing body - ICC - has acknowledged the way the games were played is suspicious and has initiated an investigation.

What is this spot fixing?
John Etheridge - Chief Cricket writer has written in The Sun

...the final result is not the point of spot-fixing. This insidious, twilight activity involves manipulating passages of play such as the number of runs scored in a block of overs.

What's the point of sport if the opposition might not be trying as hard as they can all of the time?
Spot fixing tends to manipulate the smaller moments of the game not its end result. Spot fixing could target specific ball or a specific over or a set of balls / overs of the game. It does not attempt to directly manipulate the result of the game, but certainly does impact the sportsmanship as the players do not deliver their best all the time..
In cricket, it could be as simple as requiring a player to bowl particular number of wide balls in a particular over or something like that - or requiring a bowler to bowl a no-ball at a particular ball in a particular over- or - it may require a batsman to miss a particular ball in a particular over or a series of balls.

Fixing is an illegal activity associated with the betting market. Knowning the outcome of a particular event improves the odds in favour of the fixer. Spot fixing in cricket is popular where bets are placed on every single ball.

The popularity of cricket has increased many fold in the last few years drawing a lot of  attention from the betting community.

More Spot Fixing News

What's happening!! Cricket used to be a noble game. It has always been played with a lot of dignity and pride.

But, its credibility has taken a massive beating over the last month. Earlier reports of 3 Pakistani cricketers being involved in spot rigging during the 1st ODI between England and Pakistan shook the sport and its fans, now ICC accepts that even the 3rd ODI between the same two teams at The Oval is not above suspicion.

In fact, The Sun - an English tabloid - has claimed that is that submitted to the ICC inspectors before the match started information about how the scoring pattern during certain parts of the game would flow and the actual scoring in the match turned out to be very much in its information.

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has said that a full scaled investigation would be carried out into the match and re-iterated the zero-tolerance policy of ICC toward corruption in cricket.

ICC will have to act swiftly and decisively to ensure that such occurrences do not repeat and restore the people's faith in the fairness of the event.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Spot Fixing Scandal - Troubled times for Cricket

Cricket - the most popular sport of India - is going through a rough time. All the news of spot fixing is compromising the credibility of the sport.

First the news about the alleged financial irregularities against Lalit Modi - the man who single-handedly took Indian Premier League to its dizzy heights of popularity - followed by his suspension as Commissioner of Indian Premier League.

And now, all the media attention on news of spot fixing at the Lord's Test between England and Pakistan.

The names of three international players from Pakistan
  • Mohammed Amir
  • Mohammed Asif
  • Salman Butt

has been doing the rounds regularly in the media for their alleged involvement in spot fixing.

The Chief Executives Committee (CEC) which met in Cape Town has reaffirmed the cricketing body's zero tolerance stance against any form of corruption.

As fans of the game, we can only hope that prompt and strict action is taken against the defaulters.

The action should be such that it sets an example for those who even dare to think of walking down the forbidden paths that damage the reputation of this great sport.