28 February, 2021

Darkest Spots On A Bouncy Pitch

Devious bookies still work to stain cricket. Against them are a feeble anti-corruption body and no laws.

From far left, Former Pakistan wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider; bookies arrested in Jaipur during the unauthorised Rajputana Premier League; Sobers Joban (in cap) and bookie Priyank Saxena in the sting by The Sun
Darkest Spots On A Bouncy Pitch

Irrespective of the tightest of preventive apparatuses in place, defiant bookies keep surprising all now and then. A few days ago, former Pakistan wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider posted on his Facebook wall 22 photographs of alleged ‘bookies’ posing with several present and former Pakistani players.

Haider, whom the ‘bookies’ had app­roached earlier, alleges that they wanted him to assist them in fixing during a six-team low-profile competition, Greece Friendship Tournament, in Dubai recently. He was there to play in the competition in which teams from India, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Greece and the United Arab Emirates competed. But, instead of falling for the lucre and keeping quiet, Haider says he, unlike the previous occasion, immediately reported it and the ‘threat’ to his life to the anti-corruption units (ACUs) of both the Pakistan Cricket Board and the International Cricket Council (ICC).

It turns out that two persons who are seen together flashing ‘V’ signs in one of the photos Haider has posted are...

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