30 September, 2020

"I Was Offered Rs 25 Lakh By A Team-Mate To Sabotage A Match In Pakistan's Favou

"I Was Offered Rs 25 Lakh By A Team-Mate To Sabotage A Match In Pakistan's Favou
When I was first exposed to international cricket in 1984, I was a simpleton. I was glamour-struck and before I realised I was sucked into the dirty game of groupism. And since I was novice, I got a raw deal. The west group thought I was part of the north group and vice versa. My surname Prabhakar also added to the confusion.

The result: I ended up playing a lost less cricket then I actually deserved or wanted to. But now the gentlemen's game has undergone a sea change and has caved in to the pressure of money power.

During the 1987 World Cup, rumours were rife about the team's performance but sometimes it seemed so obvious that it had me wondering. I also distinctly remember that match at Sharjah in 1991 when I was at the crease with Sanjay Manjrekar, when we decided to walk off because of failing light. To our surprise we received a signal from the team management to play on. This decision still baffles and angers me. Unfortunately, in situations where monkey deals are made in the dark and no proof is available, we can only shake our heads in disbelief. I noticed...



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