Money rules

2013-11-01 00:00

THERE is an old saying that money is the root of all evil. In the past couple of decades, it has become all too obvious that it is also at the root of all sport.

In financial terms, Indian cricket assets far exceed those of the other seven Test-cricket nations combined. It is wealth built on a form of cricket, Twenty20, which has more to do with pop concerts and the circus than serious sport. Repetitive, ugly slogging of negative bowling has been dressed up in enough razzmatazz to keep the turnstiles clicking and it threatens to undermine more subtle forms of the game, short and long, in numerous ways. One of them is a flourishing network of betting. It has been linked in several notorious cases to corrupt behaviour by players in league with spot-betting (often erroneously called match-fixing) syndicates.

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