New Delhi: The recent sting operation, where an Indian TV channel shows umpires willing to fix decisions in leagues like the Sri Lankan Premier League, might have stung the world of cricket but it does not show any money exchanging hands and no evidence of the umpires actually doing what they agreed to do.
In the sting, Pakistan umpire Nadeem Ghauri agreed to give LBW decisions on demand, Sri Lankan umpire Sagar Gallage agreed to part with pitch information one and a half hours before the game, Bangladesh umpire Nadir Shah agreed to warn bowlers unfairly. The International Cricket Council has launched an investigation into it. But the bigger question is how deep is the fixing rot. Have the local leagues across the cricket world become a breeding ground of corruption?
T20 leagues around the world have come under the scanner in the recent past. Mashrafe Murtaza was approached for spot fixing during the Bangladesh Premier League, and the recent TV sting on umpires happened during the Sri Lanka Premier league.