Greed is one of the seven vices which can ruin lives and even games. Cricket, one of the most popular games of the world, has faced many controversies and most of them have stemmed from greed. Cricketers are respected and they are also well-paid but still they get involved in betting. There are strict laws prohibiting betting, yet the crime of deception and cheating could not be tamed. Apart from betting, there has been other types of controversies as well. Fame is something that we all secretly crave but not all of us can handle it properly. In this article, we will discuss some of the greatest controversies that world cricket has suffered from try to analyze the reasons that prompted them.
With the turn of the century, the first big controversy in cricket occurred regarding an ODI series between South Africa and India. At that time, the cricket captain of Africa admitted his crime of accepting bribe when authorities interrogated him. He told the higher authorities that he had taken money and also offered the same to other members of his team. Two Indian cricketers, Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja were banned from playing cricket.
IPL 2012 Spot Fixing
Not just the sixth edition of IPL but also the fifth edition last year was involved in serious spot fixing controversy. The truth came in front when a TV channel stepped in to reveal the names of five players who have got large sums of money for spot fixing. BCCI did punish each of them but it was found that not only the cricketers but also the team owners have been keeping secrets. They paid the cricketers more than the sum publicized.
Stanford Super Series Scandal
When Allen Stanford launched a super series to get West Indies back at the center of attention, he overstepped the boundary between legal and illegal. He was arrested and the much hyped series was aborted.
Too much tension, animosity and deep-rooted racism on the field can be dangerous as proved by the Monkeygate scandal. Andrew Symonds, the Australian all rounder blamed Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh for calling him a monkey, leading to a long blame game and controversy.
Spot Fixing done by Pakistani Players
In 2010, Pakistani players were accused and arrested for being involved in spot fixing. Salman Butt, Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif were three of the blamed cricketers.