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.
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