Cricket is a gentlemen’s game but it was somehow polluted in late 90’s when bookies and match fixers easily approached several cricketers to fix the match and one of the culprits was the great “Mohammad Azharuddin”, who was the captain of Indian team back then in 1999.
Fixing scandals continue to hit the game but corruption is another thing that is degrading the image of the game and the trend seems to be never ending in the Asian cricket playing nations.
Sri Lanka termed as the most corrupt cricket board
Sri Lanka cricket has not find its track ever since the departure of senior pro like Tilakkaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakarra and Mahela Jayawardene. The current bunch of players have performed in clusters and are good enough to defeat an extraordinary team like India, chasing a target of over 300 but they can also lose to a low lying Zimbabwe at their own backyard.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s sports minister Harin Fernando said that Sri Lanka cricket board has been rated as the most corrupt cricket nation by the ICC. He disclosed that cricket’s governing body has said that Sri Lanka’s cricket administration is corrupt from top to bottom.
“Unfortunately Sri Lanka is being ranked as one of the worst or the top worst country for cricket corruption. “They told me that the problem was not limited to bookies, but even the local game’s links with the underworld,” Harin Fernando said as quoted by Island Cricket.
Sri Lanka cricket board are yet to contest an election after the departure of president Thilanga Sumathipala since last May. Thilanga was accused of violating ICC rules by holding office despite professed links to betting.