Alex Marshall, the head of the ICC’s anti-corruption unit, has openly admitted in an interview that the proliferation of T20 and ten cricket leagues globally has not only tarnished the values of gentlemen’s cricket but also greed and lust among the players. Is playing an important role in arousing the emotions of The reason for this is that the new and modern cricket born from the womb of ODI cricket is becoming a very easy target for the Buckeyes to achieve their goals.
According to Alex Marshall, ICC associates and players from smaller member countries are proving to be hot cakes for the Buckeyes, who have the opportunity to showcase their best talents as players at very low rates. That’s why the experienced eyes of the Buckeyes can easily find their prey in them. Which ultimately leads to the notoriety of cricket. In a similar case recently, Sheiman Anwar and Mohammad Naveed of the UAE have also been convicted for their links to the Buckeyes.
The question arises that despite millions of dollars being spent by the ICC’s anti-corruption unit, cricket boards and the organizers of these leagues on the transparency of the tournament, the players’ thinking is deteriorating and confidence is declining. If the morale of the people is getting higher then why millions of dollars are being wasted? Can we call it the victory of the Buckeyes and the failure of the anti-corruption unit? Or can the ICC, which has been distributing licenses to hold such leagues, be blamed?
Many of my readers may not agree with this, but if we turn the pages of history, the fact becomes clear to us that the monster of match-fixing in cricket is very old, but the short format of cricket in igniting it. There is a big hand, which started less than two decades ago. Even before this, match-fixing scandals have graced the media, but at that time, the number of gentlemen seeking prostitution was very low.
In the early 1990s, when Australia and New Zealand hosted the Cricket World Cup for the first time in a modern and colorful way, the World Cup turned the tide of ODI cricket. In the last eight years of the nineties, one-day cricket had overtaken the slow and dull Test cricket of that time. According to a conservative estimate, after the 1992 World Cup, ICC members sought to increase their sources of income by shifting from Test cricket series to one-day cricket, as well as the inclusion of a third team. It was made mandatory and sponsored or given a number of tournaments under different names, which was previously known only as the property of Australia. We can say that in the nineties, with the exception of the ACB, all the cricket boards used Australian style of colorful dress and white ball, which not only promoted cricket but also increased the well-being of the players. In South Asian countries, this style of cricket and color also attracted cricket fans. And so South Asia, especially India, proved to be a golden bird for the ICC in the same decade, and the popularity of ODI cricket tournaments filled the coffers of the ICC in terms of TV rights.
This is the decade when the glamor of ODI cricket and its popularity attracted the Buckeyes and made the players dance at their fingertips. Saleem Malik, Mohammad Azharuddin, Shane Warren, Mark Waugh, Herschel Gibbs, Hansie Cronje Fixing Case, etc., all became the adornment of the media in the nineties. But it must also be acknowledged that the ICC and all the cricket boards took action against the players during this period to curb this menace of fixing. This did not end the incidents, but to some extent, there was a reduction.
It was banned in India after the spectacular success of the Kerry Packer-style parallel and controversial T20 ICL, and in the same vein, with the blessings of the ICC, India launched the IPL and thus short-formatted it. This cricket changed the history of world cricket. After which gradually all the cricket boards also washed their hands in this flowing Ganga. The ICC also closed its eyes and ears to the influx of wealth. Private promoters have shortened this short format to increase the store’s revenue and have also introduced ten cricket. Now the players who can’t make a place in the national team have also considered this cricket as their master. However, with the proliferation of these leagues, it has become much easier for the Buckeyes to find their prey. He has also adopted the style of modern fixing in this modern cricket, which has been acknowledged by the head of the ICC’s anti-corruption unit, Alex Marshall.
The ICC and other cricket boards should try a million times but now the gin of fixing has come out of the bottle. It is not wise to repeatedly apply an ointment to the wound with an ax on one’s own feet. Balancing time is essential in Test, ODI and short format cricket to save cricket. And in the face of the proliferation of short format cricket, it is important to keep it closed. If this is not done, then one day it may happen that due to the dazzling and attractive compensation of the leagues and the bold offers of the Buckeyes, we will not have any players for real cricket in the future.