Friday, September 3, 2010

ExpressNewspaper reports about Match Fixing

Cricket as a metaphor

Courtesy Dawn
Indeed, it would seem that this innocent nation has just had its first experience of corruption. The shock and horror being expressed in newspaper columns, letters to editors, and on TV talk shows would make anybody think that nobody in our fair land has ever been accused or guilty of misusing his position to illegally line his pocket. But as the brickbats begin to fly – with many wanting to string up the accused cricketers – some Pakistanis have begun formulating a defence. This is the default position we tend to take whenever we are accused of wrongdoing by foreigners.

 Dr Owais. I am reproducing it here, mistakes and all:

“I believe they are not currupt… or involve in any way. It’s just british conspiracy to hide their mistakes … especially the player who hit Pakistani player and attack him … NO 1 talk about that … every 1 is discussing against Pakistan … Its show hate of english man toward us.”

It is certainly true that we are often too swift to rush to judgment. But in this case, I would like to know how anybody outside Lord’s could possibly predict precisely when a no-ball would be bowled by a particular bowler. Mathematically, such a coincidence is too remote to be even considered,especially when it happens three times. Combined with the footage the undercover journalist has provided of the sleazy character who collected 150,000 pounds on camera, it would certainly seem there is a smoking gun before us.

Finally, no British newspaper, no matter how sensational, would risk a major libel case by concocting such a story without solid proof. I feel particularly sorry for young Mohammed Amir, the rising bowling star who has been caught up in the sting operation. Here is a hugely gifted 18-year old who sees a promising career collapsing before his eyes. Clearly, he became involved not just out of greed, but due to peer group pressure. When older players told him that bowling the odd no-ball was a harmless thing, and that it would net him some extra cash, he might easily have gone along. I recall starting smoking in college because cool friends of mine did. But then you don’t get arrested for smoking; you just go to an early grae.

Another thing we forget in our hypocritical fury is that it is not possible to isolate one institution or group of people, and demand that they maintain higher standards than the rest of society. When just about everybody who can, milks the system, why should we expect our cricketers to be clean?
The argument that they are well-paid does not hold water: most of the politicians,generals, judges, bankers, businessmen, cops and bureaucrats who are routinely on the take are not exactly starving. So when they grow up in an environment where corruption is the norm, not the exception, why pretend such surprise to find these young men have tried to cash in on their position as international cricketers?

Many young players are from lower-middle class families with little education and no qualifications other than their abilities with bat or ball. Having learned their cricket in lanes and rough fields,they are all too aware of what poverty means. Can one blame them for not wanting to return to the squalor they have risen out of? Without wanting to excuse the accused players of the crime they are being charged with, I am trying to understand the motives behind their actions.

This, of course, is the problem with match-fixing: people begin questioning the validity of pastresults, and the genuine ones also become suspect. In the past, there have been a series of cover-ups and fudges.

Our cricket administration has been very lax about team discipline, with stars being allowed to get away with all manner of antics. Top players have effectively blackmailed the cricket board to meet their terms. But again, the administrators are a product of our society and a system that prefers to close its eyes rather than take tough action. Given these factors, it is hard to see how cricket can be cleansed of corruption when the whole country is so tainted by it.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Match-fixing allegations v Pakistan Test at Lord's

Pakistan Cricketers are Innocent:
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Fixing also fits neatly into our thirst for a good ol' conspiracy theory, and nothing has more currency in Pakistan. Some newspapers and TV channels exist almost entirely on such fuel. Wives conspire against in-laws, employees against bosses, maids against other maids. Banks are, according to TV show kooks like Zaid Hamid, a Zionist conspiracy. The birth of Bangladesh was a vast conspiracy. The USA conspires against us on a daily basis. India is in a perpetual state of conspiracy against us. Attacks within the country's borders - even some outside it planned by Pakistanis - are a conspiracy against the country. Without such conspiracies, the state will fall down.

The News of the World alleged that two bowlers, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif, delivered three deliberate no-balls against England on Thursday and Friday – in line with the predictions of an alleged middle man in London who met undercover reporters posing as members of a gambling cartel.

A police investigation is now under way and a Scotland Yard spokesman said last night: "We have today arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud bookmakers."

Its very easy and cheap way out, and it suits everyone. There is no need to examine deeper causes because denial and inertia are easier than rational, analytical debate. So when Kamran Akmal drops four catches in Sydney, it has to be because he was paid to do it by some dodgy bookie.
The danger is that if we believe every match or performance is fixed, we belittle the gravity of it. There have been genuine warning signs regarding Pakistan over the last decade, not least the unexplained social function on the 2007-08 India tour, which required ACSU interviews subsequently. The ongoing investigation at Essex, involving Danish Kaneria, is another.