Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Mess

Pakistan's trip to England started with a "Spirit of Cricket" Test Series. But the events which have taken place, "Spirit of Cricket" is the last thing which will be associated with this tour. Spot Fixing allegations, the Yasir Hameed video sting, the suspicious scoring patterns and now Ijaz Butt's claims.
Ijaz Butt accuses the English players of accepting bribes to lose the match. These claims are made on the basis of what he has heard from bookies. Now the question comes, is he in contact with bookies himself? In one statement he has ensured that ECB would think twice, maybe a million times, before having anything to do with Pakistan. Its a surprise that England havent called off the series as yet.
And what about the Pakistani cricketers. If they lose, they are supposed to deliberately underperforming, if they win, their own chairman says the opposition have been bribed.
Ideally this series which should have been remembered for some of the best fast bowling spells witnessed. (Aamir, Asif, Gul, Shoaib). But all it would be remembered for is match fixing.
There is still one more ODI left. Going by the way events are happening, there is a prety good chance of things becoming gloomier. 

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