'T20 cricket is vulnerable to corruption'

A former ICL player — who is now involved with the ‘official’ IPL — said it is indeed very easy to fix matches in a T20 tournament.

Chris Cairns and Daryl Tuffey: In the eye of the storm.

New Delhi: With news coming out that the International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit is investigating three New Zealand players for alleged fixing, the spotlight is back on the Indian Cricket League started in 2007.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White has made it clear that the games being probed were not under its jurisdiction. Lou Vincent, Chris Cairns and Daryl Tuffey are believed to be the three players under the scanner, and the only domestic tournament that these three players played together outside New Zealand is the ICL — and all of them represented Chandigarh Lions.

Speaking to MAIL TODAY, a former ICL player — who is now involved with the ‘official’ IPL — said it is indeed very easy to fix matches in a T20 tournament.

“Yes, I have heard about the investigation taking place in New Zealand and as a cricketer I would like to believe that the game is being played fair as we go out and give it our 100 per cent. But then, I can also tell you that it is much easier to fix matches in the T20 format than one-dayers or longer forms of cricket,” he said.

The ex-player has a simple explanation.

“For example, if Tuffey comes in to bat in the 19th over and misses three balls, most people watching would instantly praise the bowler for holding his nerve in the death overs. That is the obvious reaction. Not many would question the intentions of the batsman."

“Similarly, if Cairns comes in to bowl the last over and is hit for 18-20 runs, not many would bat an eyelid. Bowlers are frequently taken to the cleaners in the end overs of a T20 game,” he said.

“It is only now after several instances where players have been found guilty of illegal acts that people have started raising eyebrows. But it has also made fans suspect genuine cricketers, a sad development for the gentleman’s game.”

The former player in question turned out against Vincent, Cairns and Tuffey, but says he wasn’t aware of any wrongdoing as everything seemed normal.

“I might have played with them, but to be honest, you can’t gauge all these things unless you are involved personally. A dropped catch, a bad over or a silly dismissal is always considered an error in judgment and nothing more. But if they are indeed guilty, they should be punished,” he signed off.

Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.



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