Here is a link from today’s DAWN newspaper which confirms that the ICC is planning to operate a “Sting Operation” to trap players who may possible get involved with bookies to fix matches. The ICC will use their own James Bond to trap the players who may be willing to cooperate with the bookies in betting and match fixing. Here is what Mr. Lorgat has said in his statement published in today’s DAWN newspaper, Karachi.
Mr. Haroon Lorgat the CEO of the ICC has gone overboard in showing his enthusiasm to curb and to eradicate betting and match fixing. In my opinion it is a wishful thinking on his part because you cannot spare the players from the pangs of betting, match fixing by the bookies mafia, they are everywhere and they are too many and they have huge resources.
This problem is not new, its been in the game for over three (3) decades and here is a time-line of booking and match fixing, click the link below and read. You will be surprised to know how many countries and who else is involved in it. By the way this article: “Match Fixing in Cricket: A Time line” is written by Anirban Choudhury and not by a Pakistani or, I have cooked up these stories, I have never hesitated in calling a spade, a spade. But, this is not just my view, I am only presenting it to the bloggers to read it.
Mr. Lorgat’s decision to implement this so-called great idea is going to backfire because, it is not prudent in fact it is absurd and ridiculous. Mr. Lorgat appears like Rambo, Terminator, George Dubiya Bush or does he think he is Ijaz Butt? We all know that the ICC is not an impartial organization, in fact it is very biased against Pakistan and a few other small test playing nations. But, they definitely have a very soft corner for Australia, England, South Africa and India. India, because of their financial muscle which they so often show it to the ICC and intimidate them.
Reportedly, 60% of the ICC income is coming from India alone, so there you go, you know why they bend over backwards for India. India did not want the hot-spot technology in the ICC WC 2011 and it did not happen. Yesterday, Mr. Srinivasan Secretary to the board of the BCCI declared that they will oppose the UDRS in future and now Mr. Lorgat is in a fix, he doesn’t know what to do?
Coming back to the point of this so-called Sting Operation the ICC can use it as a very effective tool to get rid of any key player (most likely a Pakistani) first by way of entrapment i.e., recording the statements by using audio / video technology and by luring the player to comment something by putting words in their mouth and using difficult words which these uneducated uncouth players are not familiar with and it is possible that they may blab anything (it is just like the media putting words in the mouth of the person they interview and then they publish the report the way they want it by sensationalizing it) and, the ICC can also alter, modify and change the truth by editing and deleting keywords and making it look like the player is a real culprit. This is very sad, this is ENTRAPMENT and in the court of law other than narcotics cases, entrapment is illegal.
If Mr. Lorgat wants to eradicate betting and match fixing he should not target players but, the bookies. There are several well known bookies all over the world and they not only have billions of dollars but, they even have the power to intimidate the players, their families and relatives and practically they can do anything they want to do, change the lives of these players, make it or break it or, ruin it. I am sure Mr. Lorgat does not have the means to even think about touching the bookies. All he is doing right now is to please Cricket Australia, England Cricket Board, South African Cricket Board and the BCCI. In my opinion this is like an ostrich burying its head in the sand and believing that no one can see him.
Mr. Lorgat wake up and smell coffee. There are more important issues for you to handle than this entrapment business, don’t consider yourself as the Policeman of the World.