Match Fixing?

Posted on January 10, 2008. Filed under: cricket | Tags: , , , |

Going back to the 2nd test match at SCG I keep wondering about the match fixing angle. No one yet seems to be publicly speaking about this. So I want to know why people do not feel that this is match fixing.

Arguments for match-fixing

  1. There were around 12 wrong decisions made in the match. ALL the decisions benefited  one team. If it would have been just a case of bad umpiring, the wrong decisions should have affected both sides equally.
  2. Umpires refusing to consult the third umpire for close calls.
  3. The third umpire giving a wrong decision. This is almost unheard of in cricket.
  4. Umpire consulting the Aussie Captain, Ricky Ponting on whether to give a batman out.
  5. If a player from either side had dropped 12 catches, wouldn’t he be investigated for match fixing?

For me all these point to match fixing. Maybe I am missing something, maybe I am seeing only one side of the coin.

So all you pundits out there, is there another side to this? Is there any reason not to treat this match as fixed? Or are the umpires immune to match fixing charges?

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