Biggest match-fixing scandals in cricket

Several cricketers have degraded the game by compromising the ‘Spirit of the Game’

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The game of cricket is said to have been originated in South-East England. The game become nationally popular in the late 18th century, while it earned global acclamation in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The biggest aspect of the game has been the “Spirit of the Game”, from the very beginning. Cricket also came to be known as the “Gentleman’s Game”, as the emphasis on sportsman spirit was very strong from its birth. But as cricket grew old and became popular, some ungentlemanly incidents and factors scandalized the game. One such factor was match-fixing and cricket has been guilty of the crime multiple times.

Here is a look at the top ten fixing scandals of cricket.

10. Maurice Odumbe Scandal: Maurice Odumbe was an integral part of the Kenyan team that made it to the World Cup semifinals of 2003. However, in 2004 he was banned for five years by the Kenyan Cricket Association. This was on the back of Odumbe being found guilty of accepting money from bookmakers.

Odumbe was found guilty on 12 charges including the acceptance of US$5000 for fixing a match in Zimbabwe. The five-year ban would end his career as was believed by many, but he came to cricket in 2009.

9. Mohammad Naveed: Mohammad Naveed captained the UAE team. It was the year 2021 when Naveed along with Shaiman Anwar Butt was banned for 8 years by the International Cricket Council.

The ban came on the charge of the two being allegedly involved in fixing matches in the qualifiers of World Cup T20, 2019.

8. Heath Streak: The veteran Zimbabwe bowler and former captain Heath Streak was banned from cricket for 8 years following charges of breaching the Anti-Corruption Code.

He was charged when he was playing the role of Zimbabwean coach from 2016 to 2018. He was charged on account that he revealed inside information of the team while knowing that it would be used for betting purposes.

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