With so much money at stake in legal betting and match fixing, how come nothing major has been heard about umpires being approached by bookies. I refuse to believe that bookies assume umpires to be incorruptible while players are 'easy game'. The fans dont seem to think so, particularly when an umpire makes a few close decisions that go against the fans' favourite side.
Thought England looked a bit of a bargain yesterday at 4/1 in totesport.
Everyone wants to change the world, noone wants to change himself.
It isn't that good a value considering the unlikeliness of them winning.
Let's not forget that a lot of betting is based on smaller events like a particular batsman's score which would be easier for a umpire to influence. And an umpire wouldn't have to do every single thing asked of him; he could be given a list of events and if managed to influence a few of them that would still be useful to the bookie.
I don't know why we haven't had an umpiring matchfixing scandal yet. Perhaps umpires, being older, are more cautious about these things and afraid to get caught. Perhaps investigators have focused more on the players and umpires have gotten less scrutiny.
Come to think of it, it's a pretty big point on the side of increasing the role of technology in umpiring.
Just wondering, how rife do people think match fixing is? They did some crappy story on ACA where they went to India and went to a bookie's place and he had several mobile phones and taking calls all the time. They interviewed some rubbish sports journalist in Australian where he said one fast bowler who had been paid off by a bookie to bowl a no ball, would get down and tie his shoe laces as code that he would bowl a no-ball, but the umpire would not call it as he had been paid off by a rival bookie.
1. Who will win the toss?
2. How many rums will be scored in (say) the 37th over of the innings?
3. Will there be a hit wicket dismissal in the match?
4. How many no balls will (say) India's bowlers ( or a particular bowler) bowl)?
5. How many byes in so and so innings (or the entire match)?
6. Which team's number eleven will score more runs in the first innings?
7. Which team will take more catches in the outfield in the first innings?
8. Which side will the first batsman take strike from in the second innings of the match?
9. Who will bowl the 47th over of the first innings of the match?
10. Which team will be the first one to take a substitute fielder in the match?
The possibilities are endless.
The problem with those who find reports of widespread fixing difficult to believe is that they think fixing is only about winning or losing. Far from it. While a lot of money rides on the end result, a massive number of people take these 'trivial' small bets which appear completely random and unlikely to be manipulated. You can literally take a dozen small bets in a Test match instead of putting all your money on one big (and equally risky) final outcome bet.
That is why it is so difficult to pin point (players or umpires) those who join the bookies because many things can be managed without causing a single eye brow to be raised.
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