I am glad that the spot-fixers are going to jail, but I would have sent them down for longer. You can forget all that stuff about rehabilitation: lock them up, I say, and throw away the key.
Today’s semi-final is about as big as cricket gets. Pakistan against India is a match that brings in history, politics and huge nationalistic passions. Let’s hope the game lives up to its billing.
In his regular CricInfo ‘Bowl at Boycs’ feature, Geoff Boycott discusses the World Cup semi-finals, Ponting’s future, Shoaib’s unfulfilled talent, and his memories of the late Fred Titmus.
Ijaz Butt has withdrawn his allegations that the England team were involved in match fixing. The ECB have accepted the withdrawal and the threat of legal action has gone.
Pakistan are so much under fire, being criticised and castigated, that Ijaz Butt, seems to feel the best form of defence is to attack the other side. Try and throw some mud at England and hope that some of it sticks and deflects the criticism away from Pakistan.
After I wrote my Telegraph article ‘Mohammad Amir plea bargain might unlock truth behind claims’, which is now available on this site, a Barrister friend of mine sent me this explanation.
People close to the Pakistan investigation say that the three players might not have committed a criminal offence, because you can’t lay bets on no-balls in the UK.
We are all being asked to pussyfoot around these allegations of deliberate no balls because of legal reasons.
Allegations of corruption in cricket have always been difficult to prove.
Which genius at the ECB is scheduling back to back Test matches in the same regions?keep looking »