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Match fixing scandal: This is not cricket
The Hansie Cronje scandal had highlighted the unpleasant and criminal side of cricket. Sports scandals and fixed matches are often so controversial and despicable that they are apparent without being analyzed as having been fixed.
THE VERACITY and moral fiber of the players, referees and officials are often expected second best to the outlook of ridiculous amounts of cash on offer. The Hansie Cronje scandal had highlighted the unpleasant  and criminal  side of cricket. 
 
Sports scandals and fixed matches are often so controversial and despicable that they are apparent  without being analyzed as having been fixed.
 
Baseball or even boxing has been thrown into disrepute amidst allegations of throwing matches, the best example involves one of the greatest boxers of all time. Mohammed Ali, fighting as Cassius Clay in 1964, was up against number-one contender Sonny Liston for the heavyweight championship title. Clay won when, in the 8th round, Liston gave up claiming a shoulder injury.
 
The following year at a rematch, Liston was knocked out by a  punch in the first round. People felt he feigned even the second knockout. Naturally horse –racing and greyhound racing, are inevitably vulnerable to the illegal match-fixers.

 
Team matches are harder to fix because more players need to be involved. When a team is found out to be part of the scandal, the headlines fill the papers, but when only a handful of players are involved, the identification and inquiry into the allegations are a lot more difficult and that is what we are seeing in money spinner cricket now.
 
We sacrificed Azharuddin at the peak of his career. Cronje lost his life and now Pakistan, en-masse showing a grey shade in their game and character have thrown cricket to depths of hell that it will take some time to erase such fiascos.
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