Many Spot fixing scandals have rocked the cricket world in last few years.
From Pakistan’s moment of shame in 2010, when Mohd Amir, Mohd Asif and Salman Butt were convicted of selling themselves to bookies, to the 2013 IPL spot fixing scandal, which ended the career of S Sreesanth; spot fixing has been raising its ugly head more frequently now.
As reported earlier, The Sun newspaper from Britain had uncovered spot fixing claims during the ongoing Ashes series between Australia and England. A journalist conducted a sting operation on two Indian bookmakers. The conversation between them revealed some horrific and surprisingly details in which a former Test cricketer was paid 1,75,000 pounds to bowl a wide to alter the flow of the game and how 18 matches in IPL 2017 were marred by spot fixing.
The two identified bookies named Sobers Joban and Priyank Saxena talked to The Sun’s undercover journalist and revealed that the ongoing Australia-England Test at Perth can be easily spot fixed and money amounting to 1,40,000 pounds can be generated.
The Indian Express reported the conversation between the bookies and the journalist.
It goes as:
Joban: “I will give you work in the Ashes Test in Perth.”
The reporter: “So, do you think we might get something in the third Test.”
Joban: “Yes, sessions in Ashes…maybe first day or second day.”
Joban: “Yeah, runs, so it’s going to one session, the man will take Rs 60 lakh.”
Sobers is a former Delhi based cricketer while Priyank is an entrepreneur and sobers disclosed the names of some international cricketers who have indulged in spot fixing and worked with him. Acts such as stopping the bowler before the ball or changing your gloves or even bowling a wide at the start of the over are often used as indicators to communicate a certain fixed spot.
ICC, however, has denied all the claims made in this undercover operation regarding spot fixing.