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Why Dhoni’s Silence On IPL Spot-Fixing Is Not Justified!

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Ravi Sharma, Sports Editor, Novosol Mobile Magic writes why Dhoni’s silence on the entire spot-fixing scandal does not justify his position as Indian captain and also shakes the faith of a cricket fan on him. 

The last few days in Indian cricket have been the darkest since the 2000 match-fixing fiasco which saw the fall of stalwarts like Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja amongst others. The names of famous players went for a toss as Indian cricket’s image got tarnished. After 13 years, the rot of fixing is back but with a new name… This time, it is called spot-fixing! But the fact of the matter is that fixing of any sort remains ‘fixing’ and courtesy that, the sport and the ordinary cricket fan have suffered the most.

From cricketers to bookies to team owners… From spot-fixing to betting to conflict of interest in the Indian cricket board… From Delhi Police to Mumbai Police to the crisis in the BCCI, this scandal has got murkier by every passing day! IPL’s credibility has hit rockbottom and a cricket enthusiast will find it difficult to believe what he sees on TV is true from now onwards! So, what happens to this fan, who has seen, followed and loved this game so passionately for all these years? How does his faith in the game get restored?

A statement from the legends of the game would help the cause. The Sachins, the Dravids, the Dhonis are players people trust. And few words from them will help cricket’s diehard fans getting their confidence back in the game and its players. However, Sachin and Dravid have commented on this issue but the biggest name in Indian cricket at the moment is silent… MS Dhoni is tightlipped on this whole issue! He is yet to speak on the burning topic in Indian cricket.

It was a mockery of a press conference from the Indian skipper ahead of India’s departure to England for the Champions Trophy! The Indian skipper chose not to respond to questions related to the spot-fixing case. He didn’t even say ‘no comments’. And that too, many times! Evidently, the BCCI had gagged him over this issue. Since the time this scandal came into light, he has skipped two press conferences also.

Yes, Mahi is a contracted employee of BCCI. But why can’t Mahendra Singh Dhoni understand that he plays cricket for INDIA! MSD is a national icon apart from being the Indian skipper and he shouldn’t succumb to BCCI diktat! He is answerable to millions of fans who have followed Indian cricket like a religion all these years!

It’s high time Dhoni should retain his dignity and answer the ordinary cricket fan! A man of such high dignity, so much credibility and a true leader is fast reducing to a mere puppet of a corrupt cricket board! Time to break your silence, Mr Captain Cool!

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Twitterati On Dhoni Playing ‘The Silencer’

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These are 10 great tweets about Dhoni’s Silence act at the Press Conference today. Must read. 

Kunal Pradhan (@_kunal_pradhan): Another demonstration of how nothing will ever change in the Indian cricket. #ipl #Dhoni #Srinivasan #bccirot

Eagle Eye (@Eagleeye47): #Dhoni #Tendulkar & the greats of the cricketing fraternity all surprisingly silent, on Spot Fixing & the BCCI ; Strange & Pathetic !

Shashank Sourabh (@shankyn): @bhogleharsha so do u jst write moral stories in ur books or do u hav an opinion abt d farce indian cricket hs become. #dhoni #disappointed

Piyush Kaul (@piyushkaul): Country is headed by MUM Mohan Singh & India Cricket team by MUM Singh #Dhoni 😉

And media was also not let go

Rohit (@rohitsakunia): If the press was so angry on #Dhoni not responding on #spotfixing why didn’t they walk out. They should have na

Back to MS though and there were some who also dragged BJP and Mrs. MS Dhoni

gurujoth_kohli (@gurujoth_kohli): #Dhoni MUM on Questions posed by the Media abt IPL.Will the #BJP ask for his resignation?Or stall the Parliament for this #JustAsking??

Gaurav (gauravarora_123): #Dhoni is silent because Sakshi Bhabhi wont allow him to speak #GharGharKiKahaani

Saurabh Gandhi (@gaggycool): When Sakshi said ” Kuch toh log kahengay” , it was probably a cue for Dhoni to shut up. #dhoni

And then came some real bad allegations (unwanted considering nothing was proved)

Vikram Sharma (@vikram_sharma09): apart from Azhar, only other Indian cricket captain who has been so hand in glove with establishment & under an ethical cloud is #Dhoni

And lastly came the fans. Oh how poor Indian cricket would be without us and them. 

Pranay Mehta (@PranayMehta_PM): People who are criticising MS Dhoni are the same people who know zilch about how he led India to WCs & No. 1 in all formats! Respect #Dhoni

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Blaming IPL for Spot-Fixing is Hypocritical

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The latest spot-fixing saga involving Test cricketer S Sreesanth and two other players has brought the negative focus back on the IPL. A tournament which could otherwise be such a great one internationally to unearth exceptional talent is being bashed for poor governance. I still feel, blaming the IPL for something that has plagued the sport for decades is hypocritical to say the least. 

Now let’s be honest, when was the last time we heard of spot-fixing. It was with Pakistan bowlers Mohd Asif and Mohammed Aamer bowling no-balls against England in England. That was also not the first time it had happened. The relation between all sports and betting is probably as long rooted in a sports’s history as its origin and existence. Which means way before IPL was even thought of, so why make it a scapegoat. Just because there is huge money involved and its a franchise system with big names does not mean we blame all corruption on it.

Frankly, match-fixing is a much bigger malaise and we had evidence against match-fixers from India from 1999 onwards. What happened to them? Someone’s a politician and many are actually commenting on the sport today, having remained scot-free with no one being able to catch them from their collar outside a court complex. Did we ban Indian cricket then, did we put a temporary ban of even 5 years on it? So why now the IPL.

The IPL is certainly one of the best breeding grounds for talents. Players not only get a chance to showcase their talent on the world stage, play with the best of international folks, learn from them but to add to all this, make loads of money even without being lured into heinous activities like the one that came to light yesterday.

What is more important to understand is that all ponds have bad fishes and the need to the hour should always be to find those and fix them, rather than emptying the pond and making thousands dependent on its water die of thirst.

I loved one tweet yesterday which said and I quote “for every Sreesanth and Chandila, there are folks like Dravid and Warne” which basically means there are enough examples to look up to and feel that the game is not tarnished because of a few bad examples. Like every industry and like life in general, there would be rough times, the tough ones have always survived though.

PS: For anyone who thought I am an IPL fan, rest assured, I am one of its staunchest critic. Unfortunately though I am still sane to know where to fix the blame and where to worship. 

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https://missionsharingknowledge.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/zero-tolerance-and-zero-credibility/

https://missionsharingknowledge.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/spot-fixing-cracked-for-easy-understanding/

Zero Tolerance and Zero Credibility

The spot-fixing arrests of Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan goes to prove that the BCCI’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy is a joke, when combined zero information and zero transparency, says Jaideep Ghosh

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BCCI boss N. Srinivasan, in a pretty hastily-organised press briefing, reiterated what we already know, while it also threw up a few more enlightening points.

Let’s start with the two statements of novelty. The first jewel is that the Indian Premier League is not corrupt, cricket is. Thank you sir, for making that distinction. We were seriously beginning to presume that IPL indeed WAS cricket. Now we know better.

The second is the expression of shock that an international player had been arrested. So the BCCI was a little happier that those hauled up before were people of lesser denomination? That is bigotry.

The rest was business as usual – beginning with ‘shock’ at the ineffectiveness of the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit.

But what is new there? BCCI or the International Cricket Council (ICC) anti-corruption units have been ineffective at the best of times, especially since the ‘zero tolerance’ is never initiated unless some police force – be it in India or England – throws up yet another fixing scandal.

We hope that they are just incompetent and not actually sweeping such incidents under the carpet. That would indeed be a crime, much bigger than the one the three players have been charged with. Or others, over the years.

But one thing we agree with. Srinivasan says Indian players are paid enough. In fact, it would suffice to say they are paid obscene amounts by cricket and IPL (the distinction having been decisively established).

So how much money then, is too much? Evidently, there isn’t a limit. If the three are indeed guilty, one needs to see what their pay packages were in the IPL, or in international and/or first-class cricket.

But lure of money isn’t really the problem here. The problem is that the game’s governing bodies have been criminally lax when it comes to enforcing any sort of discipline in this area, a fact enhanced by the fact that the arms invested with power to take action are largely useless.

Over many assignments all over, yours truly has often seen this ACU official checking-in into five-star hotels with a very sleuth bearing and a mysterious smile. Then he vanishes from the scene, with equal mystery. But I guess detectives can be expected to be undercover.

But not at the cost of doing anything. Srinivasan is disappointed with the ACU. So are we. But we are equally disappointed with the BCCI and ICC for allowing the ACU, players, fixers and bookies a free run, interrupted by occasional feeble attempts at righteousness and order.

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Spot Fixing Cracked For Easy Understanding

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Listening to the chatter on social media on the spot-fixing controversy that has just erupted in the IPL, it makes sense to actually make people understand what the term really means. This post breaks it into what can easily explain the concept.

So S. Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila have been arrested on charges of spot fixing. Poor Sree, am sure that was the only way he could have looked forward to making quick bucks considering his extremely awry performance on the ground off late. Feel pity though for the other two as they fall prey to this evil at a stage where they could probably never come back to the game. Criminal activity though and has to be punished.

So what exactly is spot fixing? A few months back Pakistan bowlers Mohd Aamer, Mohd Asif and batsman Salman Butt were embroiled into something similar and we all know what has happened to them. They actually were caught on camera accepting money to bowl no-balls. The result of the match though was not a bet. Spot-fixing thus is not something that directly impacts the result of the game.

In his famous book “Gambler, Bookie, Fixer, Spy, a journey into cricket’s underworld”, author Ed Hawkins clearly demarcates between Spot and Match fixing. He says while we all know what match-fixing is, spot fixing is generally not fixing the result of the game but fixing “brackets” of the game.

This kind of bracket fixing is done for a period of overs, say 5 for example in which a bettor can bet on the number of runs that will be scored, number of wickets that will fall and so on and so forth. This bracket is a flexible one and changes with the number of runs scored in one over and the next over and then on. So basically if many bettors put a lot of money on a certain result in a bracket and the bookies fix-up the players to do the opposite (spot-fixing pays are pretty less), makes tremendous financial sense, doesn’t it.

Plus, with the kind of power hitting and fall of wickets that happen during a T20 game, something of this sort does not even raise eyebrows of the franchise owners, spectators and even the Police. With little loyalty quotient in a franchise model, the prospect of someone falling prey further increases.

Though the investigating bodies have done a fantastic job in nabbing the culprits pretty fast, it will still be better if someone can devise a method to fullstop these things. Utopia though is only a distant dream. IPL is anyways shrouded with hundreds of controversies, this does not help any bit to the brand value.

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