Mumbai:Speaking to NDTV, a Mumbai-based bookmaker explains what really is spot-fixing. He also said that spot-fixing happens in almost all matches.
NDTV: What is spot-fixing?
Bookie: By spot-fixing we mean selecting a certain player and then asking him to do specific things.
NDTV: What kind of fixing is involved?
Bookie: We fix things like no-balls, how many players will wear goggles, how may times they will take off the bails, what will be the first bowling change.
NDTV: Can you elaborate?
Bookie: We fix things like who will bat at what position, who will get injured. Some we decide in which over the wickets will fall a,d also when no-balls will be bowled.
NDTV: Does spot fixing include fixing fielding positions?
Bookie: We call spot fixing fancy fixing. That is another name for spot fixing.
NDTV: Why do you call it fancy fixing?
Bookie: We call it so because there are no deals when the match is on. We decide what is to be done after five overs or after ten overs. We also decide when no-balls are to be bowled. Sometimes officers and umpires get involved too.
NDTV: Where did this term come from?
Bookie: This is a term that has been in use for a while.
NDTV: But why do you use this word? What is the meaning?
Bookie: We call it fancy fixing because the deals are not made ball to ball. The deals are made keeping in mind what will happen at the end of ten overs, what will happen at the end of fifteen overs, we decide on whether a player will make a century or will he get out.
NDTV: What difference does one or two no balls make in a match?
Bookie: In spot fixing there is no deal for losing or winning. We decide on things like bowling a no-ball on the fourth and fifth ball of the fourth over. Deals are on things like that. We take bets on those things. There is no connection to winning or losing a game.
NDTV: Why is it lucrative for bookies?
Bookie: It is lucrative for bookies because the gains are definite. We know when no-balls are going to be bowled and we put our money on those things. So bookies make a lot of money.
NDTV: So here the punters lose?
Bookie: Yes here the punters lose.
NDTV: Is spot fixing becoming a trend in formats like the T20?
Bookie: This has been on. It will only get bigger now.
NDTV: Which are the matches where spot fixing is more popular?
Bookie: Mostly teams from Pakistan, West Indies and Bangladesh are involved in spot fixing.
NDTV: And what is percentage of matches where spot fixing occurs?
Bookie: Spot fixing occurs in almost all matches.
NDTV: What are the gains from spot fixing?
Bookie: Both the player and the bookie gain from spot fixing.
NDTV: Where is this operated from?
Bookie: This business is operated from London.
Bookie: Because the online booking happens there. Officially counters are open there.
NDTV: That is where spot fixing happens?
Bookie: There are no counter for spot fixing. Only things like in which ball will the wicket fall...or in which ball will the player score a century.
NDTV: In match fixing the deals run into crores? What is the percentage of money that goes into spot fixing?
Bookie: 10% of money spent in match fixing is spent on spot fixing.
NDTV: Do you think after this controversy spot fixing will subside?
Bookie: Betting will go on but fixing might become more difficult.