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This is the Asia Cup match in question
I mean, it's circumstantial, but it looks pretty bad, two run outs, no one except Afridi (who is supposed to not be a part of the whole thing) doing anything with the bat.
From the Cricinfo match report
The batsmen before Afridi seemed either incompetent of or uninterested in the chase, the batsmen with him seemed intent on running themselves out,(or not)Afridi then reminded the crowd Pakistan were indeed trying to win the match.
Perhaps he didn't deserve to lose on the night, but then again many of his team-mates didn't deserve to win.(bold from original article)Pakistan top order is clueless: Against high-quality bowling from Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara, the openers are like rabbits in headlights; Pakistan are reduced to 32 for 4 in the 14th over.
If they won't kick Pakistan out of the ICC, which I think at this rate they need to be, but if they won't then the ICC at least needs to boot them from the 2011 World Cup I think. A message one way or another has to be sent to the PCB that we're not allowing this sport to take any more of this debacery.
I think one important thing should be kept in mind in this context.
I think all involved cricketers should be banned for life, no question about that. And I shall hate them for this. But I can still pay respect to some of their qualities. I shall still think that Asif was a fine bowler and Aamer was a hot prospect. Just like I still think that Azharuddin was an very good batsman, and I loved to watch him play as much as I love watching VVS Laxman play. I still say that Cronje was a good captain and a good all round cricketer. I hated the thing that Mike Tyson did, the thing for which he was banned from professional boxing for life. But that doesn't mean that I can deny the fact that he was an amazing boxer and I loved to watch him in action.
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BBC News top story is the Pakistan spot-fixing scandal, featuring a piece by Jonathan Agnew entitled "Disaster for Pakistan".
Heres a pretty good youtube video of the entire incident:
YouTube - Match-fixer pockets £150k as he rigs England-Pakistan Test at....mp4
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****ing hate these bash the ICC articles.
The ICC is far from perfect, but why muddy the waters by writing about it's systemic problems?
The players cheated and they should be banned for life.
I mean, if you're underpaid as an employee, it doesn't give you the right to be corrupt.
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I think it should be remembered too that the ICC is not some separate governing world body. All it is, is the 10 or 11 chairmen of each nation's cricket board. Until you have an independent governing body, then people should expect vested interests to prevail, and shouldn't be so shocked, so indignant when they do.
Anyway, I think the focus should be on the players here, dealing with the governance of world cricket is for another time. While this scandal is fresh in our minds, it is a perfect opportunity to send a message that any contact with bookmakers means a life ban. If you've rang them back, if you've instigated contact, if you've compromised yourself...then you're out. Off to the pavillion for life.
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