Is every game I play bent?

2010-09-10 11:51

England - Andrew Strauss on Thursday night described cricket's match-fixing scandal as "a cancer in the game", according to a report in The Sun's website.

England's captain was speaking as another Pakistani player - left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz - was told he faces questioning from Scotland Yard on September 14.

Wahab will take the total of Pakistanis quizzed by the police to five and Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif have already been suspended by the ICC.

Strauss does not play Twenty20 cricket so he missed the miserable events at Cardiff earlier this week.

But he was an alarmed TV viewer as England twice thrashed a pathetic Pakistan team in a near-empty ground and against the background of more corruption allegations.

Strauss said: "Every one of these allegations hurts the game of cricket more. 

"Every cricketer in the world has received a short, sharp slap in the face about where this game is at the moment and where it needs to go in the future.

"We must try to iron out these allegations because they are a cancer that can spread and devalue the game."

He said: "If these things are proved then it will make me think whether games were strictly as I saw them.

"I can understand people being reluctant to pay to watch matches now.

"The allegations have overshadowed the cricket but we realise our responsibility as players is to get out on the pitch and play well.

"Despite these allegations, I maintain that cricket generally is a very clean sport.

"I don't worry for the future of the game of cricket. It has survived many controversies over the years."


  • keith - 2010-09-10 12:02

    And this is exactly why I have given up and don't bother with any cricket...well this and the fact that Authur headed up the proteas and Smith is still Captain. Maybe match fixing is why the Boks have had such a dip in form this year?

  • Justice - 2010-09-10 12:15

    Justice must be meted out. I was an admirer of Hansie but he was banned from cricket for good reasons. If found guilty these guys must be kicked out of the game and never return again. It will soon stop if the bans are for life!

  • @keith - 2010-09-10 13:24

    dude...even if the bokke bribed their way, they could not play that bad intentionally

  • Pommiehater - 2010-09-10 13:57

    Yes there is match fixing, how do you thing England wins a game......

  • Hedley - 2010-09-10 14:04

    This is the last straw!!!!!!!I have had enough of cricket and as for rugby,how useless can you get -----from world champs to world losers!!!

  • Brian - 2010-09-10 14:39

    Simple kick the Indians and Packis out of world cricket until they have learnt some ethics.

  • Pire - 2010-09-10 15:05

    This coming from the guy with no morals or sportmanship. Not allowing Smith to have a runner... @pommiehater - hahahaha, so true.

  • V. Zela - 2010-09-10 15:28

    Investigate all rugby referees (e.g super 14 final)

  • awwsum - 2010-09-10 15:32

    NO....only the games in which you score runs

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  • H8r - 2010-09-10 16:46

    No. But Grey-ham Smiff Bends during every game he plays but only so that SA opponents can insert a python where the sun dont shine!

  • cricket lover - 2010-09-10 18:03

    ALL sports are tainted- if it not drugs, then its match -fixing. Otherwise, its disallowed goals, incorrect decisions by referees, non-consistency etc. It is unfortunate that players are being singled out, but I think that the blame should lie at the door of sporting bodies and sponsors. They are the people that are controlling the money and the sports. They are also the people that endorse and approve betting in sport. Root out betting and the problem will go away. These actions are no different to "insider trading" and share transactions before financial reports are released!! Furthermore, the paper that "exposed" the scandal should also be investigated. Paying a source for a story has always irked the media- it smells more of bribery or a trap. I believe that the Pakistanis were setup and it targeted young players who may have been ignorant about the intentions. These were the very same players that have been doing very well against England- in fact they humiliated England in every match-until it took an unexpected turn. Furthemore, the impact of the so-called spot-fixing allegation, was irrelevant in the context of the game and thus made no difference to the outcome of the match. No balls occur regularly in matches anyway, and it is the nature of gambling- a chance. Will any of England players NOT be betting on the horses tomorrow, or playing at silversands? What will Scotland Yard or the ICC have to say about the matter?

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