“If you were designing a game to fix, you would design cricket, because it is a whole series of discrete events, and every ball you can bet on.” – Lord (Paul) Condon
A Test match lasts five days and, if it goes the distance, 2,700 legal deliveries are bowled through that period. In one-day internationals (ODIs), it is 600 balls, and in Twenty20 (T20) the number is 240.If someone could get a cricketer to fix just five or six balls in a match, they could collect huge gambling profits without anyone noticing. And the possibilities for fixes are almost endless.
The Ongoing test series between England and India has been a tough one for the both teams, who have had to play 5 test matches. It has though been an easy source of income for the betters and bookies of the cricket world. The police recently caught 5 people due to their involvement in betting on the ongoing England India Investec test series.
The five accused personal caught for betting action had been identified as Naresh Gupta, Sunil Kumar, Krishan Lal, Dilbagh Singh and Rajiv Kumar, the police said on Saturday. On a tip off, police arrested the alleged accused on Friday by sending a decoy customer to them and recovered 10 mobile phones as well as cash worth Rs 8,400, note-book in which they were maintaining their records of this gambling and . If this was not enough police even found two cars in their possession.
The officers who caught these men said, “They were alluring the general public by calling people at public place and telling them that whosoever will win the bet will get seven times of their money’, which they would put on stake in connection with the betting being held by them with regards to the ongoing cricket match between India and England,”
Though only preliminary enquiry has been done into the issue. A lot of things remain un-answered and to be dug out. A case had been registered against them.