Now I have to make an admission first, given there is still no concrete evidence what so ever of match fixing having anything to do with the murder of Bob Woolmer, I find the constant speculation in this regard increasingly annoying.
In fact I find the whole debate on match fixing annoying. It is not an aspect of our game I like to discuss. But given so many people have been voicing their opinions in this regard off late, and they really are, nothing but personal opinions, here I am blogging about it.
You expect people like Rashid Latif and Sarafaraz Nawaz to be making the noise, as Moin Khan said in response, Sarafaraz probably thinks every match is fixed. So I’m not sure we should take him too seriously, but off late the list of people with doubts and suspicious has seen an increase.
Michael Vaughan joined in by saying his gut feeling was that some corruption in the game still exists, Shehreyar Khan, the ex PCB chief, has now added that he thinks spot fixing (which involves, in case you didn’t know, fixing minor aspects of game, such as the number of extras bowled, as opposed to the entire result of a game it self) still happens and that it is something you can’t really prevent.
In between, SA’s manager has come out and admitted one of their players was approached by bookies on the country’s tour to India two years ago (to which you really have to ask why he is making this public now, where was he two years ago?).
And now people like Lord MacLaurin, the former chairman of the
The ICC and the police in Jamaica investigating into Bob’s murder, have also, as a result stepped in and hinted they have expanded the scope of their investigations in this area. And of course, since it is their job to find the man(or men) responsible for Bob’s murder, they ought to thoroughly investigate all the suspicions anyone has raised, but you would really hope, that in such a sensitive time for the game, people would do more then just come up with their ‘opinions’ on whether or not corruption exists.
Its not that I like to live in oblivion about the realities cricket is facing, but murder investigations aren’t solved based on what people’s opinions are. Next time Michael Vaughan is asked for his opinion on match fixing, I’d be much more pleased if he kept his mouth shut.
We’re so not interested in knowing his mere ‘opinions’. If he has facts, if he knows anyone who is involved, any information at all that might actually be helpful, sure, go ahead, don’t just talk to The Sun about it, might as well call a live global press conference.
But spare us of your opinions please Virgil, how about getting some runs for a change, you haven’t done that for a long, long time. Ditto for Shehreyar Khan, Sarfaraz Nawaz and Rashid Latif. I’ve already had enough of people trying to be the self-righteous upholders of the spirit of the game.
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