Reasons for players to fall into ~~fix~~ trap

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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London: Reasons why cricketers are prone to falling in the trap of match-fixers, according to the report of the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption unit:

  • International cricketers are paid less than top soccer players, golfers, tennis players or Formula One drivers and are therefore more vulnerable to corrupt approaches.
  • During the last World Cup (in England in 1999) and other major events the cricketers received a low single figure percentage of the proceeds from the event.
  • Cricketers have little say or stake in the running of the sport and limited recognition of their representative bodies, where they exist.
  • Cricketers have relatively short and uncertain playing careers, often without contracts and some seek to supplement their official earnings with money from corrupt practices.
  • Some administrators either turn a blind eye or are themselves involved in malpractice.
  • Cricketers play a high number of One-day Internationals and nothing is really at stake in terms of national pride or selection in some of these matches.
  • Cricketers can take money from potential corruptors in return for innocuous information and yet refuse to fix matches.
  • Whistle-blowing and informing on malpractice was ignored or penalised rather than encouraged.
  • There was no structure in place to receive allegations about corruption.
  • Cricketers were coerced into malpractice because of threats to them and their families.
  • It was just too easy.

AFP Extras:
Condon report released, fixing rife since '70s
ICC to discuss 'fix' report next month

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