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Spot fixing in cricket is as sinful as murdering the thrill of the sport, at least for cricket lovers and India where the sport is a religion in itself, spot fixing by players is all the more sinful.
BCCI is the richest Cricket Board of the World and undoubtedly cricket players who are almost Gods are one of the richest professionals in the country. Unlimited money and untamed fame are the special features of cricket in India and hence competition is high to be a part of Team India and moreover to sustain there. With the introduction of new game format twenty-20 which is the shortest form of the sport, new talents are also getting opportunity to not only show their skill but also make money and fame. Spot-fixing is the hazardous bi-product which a short-cut way of making money for players ! Where the world around bets on each and every ball delivered and runs scored or wickets taken on them , it is the same one ball which can fetch a player a hefty amount if he does what has been told to him by the organizer of illegitimate bets ! Think, if you know what is going to be the result of the game between two equally capable teams and to top it , if you know the game almost ball by ball !
A sting operation by news channel revealed 2 young players f domestic level were willing to be paid money for doing what the journalist(portraying as organizer of illegitimate betting) wanted them to, on the field ! The players, T. Sudhindra and Shalabh Srivastava are the sufferers of greed. Sudhindra has been barred to play cricket for life as he accepted bribe for spot-fixing for domestic level match while Srivastava has been barred for 5 years for agreeing to such deal!
Kamla Pasand labelled boundary ropes may attract a fine of upto $66000 on Cricket Australia by the Australian Federal Health Department. The advertisment of “Chaini” which is fancy-packed spit(tobacco) were visible in almost all the matches. The advertisment is a breach of 1992 Tobacco Advertising Ban Law. Kamla Pasand being a company which is also into manufacturing of chewing-tobacco hence legally the adverts should not have been entertained by Cricket Australia.
As per reports these ads were removed in the first test match between India and Australia following complaints about the ad against the 1992 tobacco advertising ban law. But they were back after the Indian High Commission reportedly assured the cricket board that the product was mouth-wash.
The most shocking part is when asked by Cricket Australia the ad was allegedly translated in English as “Kamla likes fragrant Chaini mouth freshener”.
Well, Law breakers and manupulators find their ways out in the country , some way or the other but this time the limit was extended to a foreign country and at the end it is Cricket Australia which is likely to suffer by paying the penalty fee.