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Cricket is a gentleman’s game, right? It’s played with integrity and self-respect. That is why there can never be any cricketing scandals. Oh, wait… that doesn’t sound right. There have been several Cricket Scandals in the history of the sport that have left fans shocked. These incidents have brought disrepute to the game and made its reputation suffer. Most of these scandals involve players underperforming on purpose or accepting bribes from bookies to perform poorly and lose matches. The actions of these players have deflated our faith in them as role models for younger sportspersons who look up to them for inspiration and guidance. Here are some of the most shocking cricketing scandals:

 2013 IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is the most watched sports league in the world. It has been an integral part of the Indian sports culture since the inaugural season in 1996. The league is broadcast in India and many other Asian countries. The IPL spot-fixing and the betting scandal were one of the most talked about sports scandals in recent times. The scandal involved seven players from six IPL teams, who were arrested for spot-fixing. These players were under extreme financial pressure and were offered money by criminal syndicates to manipulate the result of certain matches. The scandal shook the confidence of fans in the game and tarnished the reputation of the IPPL. The scandal severely damaged the brand equity of the IPL, which continues to recover to some extent now.

 2016 Pakistan Shocking Selection Scandal

The Pakistan cricket team is one of the most loved teams in the world. It is also one of the most criticized teams for its poor performances. The team’s selection has been a major talking point for decades. In 2016, the selection scandal came to light when several players who were picked for the Pakistan team were not allowed to play in that match due to security concerns. The selection scandal raised many questions about the integrity of the team selection process. The scandal made the fans of the sport wonder if the team selection process was a sham or just a shambles. This scandal hurt the image and prestige of the Pakistan team, which is now trying to regain its lost glory.

 2016 ICC World Twenty20 Match Fixing

The 2016 ICC World Twenty20 was the most watched cricket tournament in recent times. The tournament was held in India from 11th September to 29th September. The final match of the tournament between India and the West Indies was the most watched sports match in the world. The final match between India and West Indies witnessed a huge betting frenzy on that match. Many fans and analysts expressed their concern about the large number of bets placed on that match. The betting pattern of that match raised many red flags and put many people in a fix about the result of that match. The suspicious betting pattern prompted several analysts and former cricketers to express their concern about the game result of the match. The concerned analysts were quick to point out that the betting pattern of the match was not natural. The match was under the scanner of the ICC and they were expected to investigate the matter.

 2016 ICC World Twenty20 Spot Fixing

The spot-fixing scandal of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 is one of the most shocking scandals in the history of the sport. The sting operation by the Al Jazeera television channel had uncovered an international betting syndicate, which was involved in manipulating the results of matches of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20. The syndicate was operating from Dubai and South Africa. Several Indian players were found to be involved in this scam, who was also suspected to be involved in manipulating the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Indian cricket board was in a fix about the scandal, as the players had been selected for the national team. The BCCI was forced to hand over the players to the police for questioning. The scandal severely damaged the reputation of the ICC and the IPL, which has been trying to recover from the incident.

 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) betting scandal

The betting scandals in the Indian Premier League have been a regular feature for many years now. The IPL is the most watched sports league in the world and many people from around the world follow the Indian Cricket League. The betting scandals have been a major problem for the IPL, which has been trying to come up with regulations and policies to prevent such incidents in the future. However, the IPL has been unable to prevent such scandals in the past. The betting scandals have severely damaged the reputation of the IPL and made people skeptical about the fairness of the league. The betting scandals were a major embarrassment for the BCCI and many people have started calling for the ban of the IPL.

 Conclusion

Cricket is a beautiful game, played with great skill and enthusiasm. However, there is no sport where the players are likely to be subjected to greater scrutiny than the game of cricket. Sports fans and analysts are always on the lookout for any signs of corruption in any sport. The betting scandals have been a real dampener on the cricketing spirit. These scandals have tarnished the image of the game and have turned a lot of people away from the sport. The betting scandals have been serious threats to the integrity of the game and have threatened the image and traditions of the game. With the help of technology, the betting scandals have been investigated by law enforcement agencies and the criminals involved have been brought to justice. The sporting world has come a long way in the fight against betting scandals and has strengthened its anti-corruption systems. The anti-corruption systems in the sporting world are very strong and will continue to be so in the years to come.

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