Cricket Cricket’s Dark Underbelly Once Again Exposed After Corruption Bans – Forbes

Cricket’s Dark Underbelly Once Again Exposed After Corruption Bans – Forbes




Cricket has been almost entirely shut down globally due to the coronavirus pandemic but unwanted scandals continue to taint the sport.

Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has been banned from all levels of cricket for three years after being found guilty of breaking his country’s anti-corruption codes. The 29-year-old, a talented but underachieving batsman, failed to inform authorities about approaches to engage in corrupt practices, including match-fixing or spot-fixing.

Pakistan, the cultish national cricket team, has unfortunately long been dogged by nefarious activity and a number of high-profile players were prominently involved in scandals during the heyday for match-fixers in the 1990s.

During that dark era, almost every country was affected demonstrating the widespread infiltration from crooks into the sport’s inner sanctum. Seemingly susceptible, Pakistan was one of the worst-hit and it greatly affected their on-field reputation and credibility.

For years, dropped catches or dubious dismissals instinctively raised eyebrows. Their infamous meltdown against Australia in Sydney a decade ago is permanently shrouded in doubt.  

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