IPL spot-fixing: Why cricket needs a whistleblower

Given how large the IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal seems to be becoming with every passing minute, it seems surprising that no cricketer, apart from the three arrested players, was approached by a bookie.

Can it really be possible that the bookies have a 100 percent success rate for every cricketer they approach? Could it really be possible that no one felt affronted by the approach of the bookies? Did no one ever refuse them? Why did no cricketer feel that he needed to tell the BCCI about this?

It's a strange world. Talk of the betting scandal has always been around in cricket circles... but you never hear of a cricketer going to the police and telling them that they suspect some wrongdoing. It is always the police that stumbles upon the incident by accident.

Someone needs to break cover and speak the truth. BCCI

Someone needs to break cover and speak the truth. BCCI

"Unfortunately, the sport does not have a whistle blower and certainly Indian cricket doesn't have one. A player hasn't come out and said 'I knew all this was happening...' unless there are some mad-cap fellows... rogue elements," said Ayaz Memon in the latest edition of Sports Talk.

And really that's where the cricketers of India need to take some responsibility. The administrators are not going to be approached to fix matches, the players are. And they need to help the police get to the bottom of this.

As far as the BCCI is concerned, they are on the back foot now.

"Even if a lot of it is insinuation, and a lot of it is from sources, the fact remains that three players have been arrested. The BCCI is pretty much on the back foot and they should be worried," Ayaz added. "The BCCI is guilty of being not alert and not taking any action. You can't say Vindoo Dara Singh has caused the collapse of the BCCI."

Right now, they have two options.

"It can bide its time and then take action once the hard facts come out. Second option: suspend the current office bearers and replace them with an ad-hoc committee."

Either way, things aren't going to get easier for them in the near future.

Watch the entire discussion between Ashish Magotra and Ayaz Memon above.

Updated Date: May 24, 2013 14:41 PM

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