Being the ‘Gentleman’s Game’ expectations are that every cricketer would play with the same spirit. Sportsmanship and dignity are extremely important traits for all cricketers, not just them but all sportsmen. But there are instances where certain men have defiled the spirit of this sport. They have cheated the game and fans as well. Some of these infamous players and the cases of their deception form our list of top 10 shocking cases of match fixing.
10. Herschelle Gibbs:
He is best known for dropping a catch in a World Cup game against Australia in 1999. Considered as one of the world’s best fielders and the first player to hit six sixes in one over in One Day International cricket, it was shocking to see his name being drawn in the match fixing controversy along with Hansie Cronje. Gibbs was given a ban for six months and fined 60,000 rands as he had initially agreed to underperform in an ODI against India but defaulted and scored 74 off 53 balls.
9. Marlon Samuels:
He is a West Indian cricketer who was also named one of the Wisden cricketers of the year in 2013. However a few years back, in 2008, he was suspended from bowling in international cricket till he corrected his bowling action. But that was not all, Indian police had proof that he had given out team information prior to the 1st ODI between the West Indies and India in 2007. ICC enforced a two-year ban on him following that. But he returned to play for West Indies in 2011.
8. Manoj Prabhakar:
Prabhakar is a former Indian cricketer who was a right-arm medium-pace bowler and a lower-order batsman. In a World Cup match against Sri Lanka in 1996 he conceded 47 runs in 4 overs and was dropped from the team as a result of that. That left him noticeably embittered and he participated in Tehelka’s expose of match fixing. But that backfired and he was himself charged of involvement and subsequently banned by the BCCI from playing cricket.
7. Mohammad Asif:
He is a Pakistani right-arm fast medium bowler. In 2010, he was accused by the News of the World of intentionally bowling no-balls in return for payment from a betting syndicate. A three-man tribunal awarded him a seven year ban in 2011. He was convicted of conspiracy relating to spot-fixing and also given a one-year prison sentence for his role in the scandal.
6. Mohammed Azharuddin:
Mohammed Azharuddin captained the Indian Cricket team in the 1990s and was known for his graceful, fluid batting style. Recognized for his superb wrist flick, it came as a shock when he was handed a life ban by the BCCI for his involvement in a match fixing scandal. He is believed to have confessed to fixing three ODI matches. Though the ban was lifted by the latter, ICC still withheld the ban. The ban was overturned by Andhra Pradesh High Court in 2012.
5. S. Sreesanth:
Sreesanth is perhaps the best example of cricket’s controversial child. Remembered best for his catch in the World Twenty20 Championship final in 2007 and his slap-gate with Harbhajan Singh, he outdid himself when he was arrested by the Delhi police on charges of spot-fixing during IPL-6. He confessed to the allegations and later retracted his statement. He is currently suspended from playing pending inquiry into his alleged involvement in spot-fixing by BCCI.
4. Ajay Jadeja:
Regarded as one of the finest fielders of the Indian cricket team in the 1990s, he was perhaps best known for his crafty style. His 45 off 25 balls during a cameo in the 1996 Cricket World Cup quarter-final against arch rivals Pakistan was perhaps one of his most memorable innings. Hence, it came as a rude shock when he was banned for five years from playing cricket on his role in match fixing and alleged association with bookmakers. Though the decision was overturned, it was too late by then.
3. Salman Butt:
After making his debut for Pakistan in 2003-2004, Butt was made the captain of the squad in July 2010. However, his days as the Pakistan skipper were short lived when he was implicated in allegations of spot-fixing in August the same year. It was later that he confessed to his involvement in the spot fixing scandal and was awarded a ban of 10 years of which 5 years is a suspended sentence. He was sentenced to 2 years and 6 months in prison for this offence.
2. Saleem Malik-
He is a former Pakistani cricketer who played between 1981/82 and 1999 and had also captained the side. First accused of bribery after Pakistan’s tours to South Africa and Zimbabwe, Saleem Malik was suspended from cricket. The suspension was however lifted as he was found innocent. But he was again banned in 2000 for offering bribes and ended his career in disgrace. He was the first cricketer to be jailed.
1. Hansie Cronje:
He was the face of South African cricket team, their captain in the 1990s. In April 2000, Delhi Police reported to have access to a conversation between Hansie Cronje and an Indian betting syndicate Sanjay Chawla. An inquiry was conducted after which Cronje was banned from playing or coaching cricket for life. It was unbelievable as he was one of the most successful captains in the world. He challenged the life band which was overturned in 2001 but sadly he died in a plane crash the next year.