Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Mess Gets Messier

Finally the Pakistani tour of England has come to an end. With the aid of a superb century by Eoin Morgan, England beat Pakistan by 121 runs in the 5th ODI to win the series 3-2. But will anyone remember Morgan's performance. Already ball tampering allegations are coming in. Apparently TV cameras spotted Shoaib Akhtar running his thumb over the seam. It was most likely innocent. But would anyone believe that? This tour reached a series of low lower depths. Spot fixing, Suspicious scoring patterns, the needless fight between Wahab Riaz & Johnathon Trott, Ijaz Butt's allegations and now ball tampering.
Cricket was still played but will be forgotten. In fact, now everything which happens on the cricket field would be looked at with suspicion. Who is to say yesterday's Chennai SuperKings - Warriors game in the Champions League was not fixed? Both teams got the desired result of qualifying for the semis, match was played till the lost ball. I can go on and on. here. I am not saying that this game was fixed. And no reports have come about that either. But who are you going to believe when allegations of fixing come about?

P.S. Waiting for the start of some real cricketing action. The Australian tour of India.

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