From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.33 :: NO.37 :: Sep. 16, 2010
Cricket needs to toughen up. Harsher penalties on anyone caught with a snout in the trough. The Qayyum Report recommended life bans but the game preferred to forgive and forget. The iniquitous take the money because they are greedy and think they won't get caught and believe that they, at worst, will be flogged with a feather duster. By Peter Roebuck.
Pakistan and controversy
Pakistan cricket has often straddled the extremes of incandescent brilliance and dark desperate corners. The latest controversy of spot-fixing seems to fall into the mind-numbing pattern of shameful slip-ups that point out the foibles of ...
Time to raise the blade
Whatever the outcome of the latest episode in the long running soap opera called Cricket in Crisis, the authorities must ensure that the game that was once a by-word for honesty and straight-dealing confirmed by a firm manly handshake does not become a by-word for easy pickings, writes Ted Corbett.
It's just not cricket
Like in the real world of politics and commerce, it looks as if we cannot root out deviance from the field of sports, especially from sub-continent cricket that has been spoiled by too much money. Can we at least reduce the frequency of such acts like the ones in which Butt, Asif and Amir colluded? By R. K. Raghavan.
‘The money, man, the money'
It's not in cricket alone; match-fixing has existed in other sports too, and in various forms. Karthik Krishnaswamy takes a look at a few such cases that rocked the world of sport.
The master blaster is the first sportsperson to be conferred a rank by the IAF and the first personality without an aviation background to receive the honour.
Russell, champion non pareil
Mike Russell is deserving of words of undiluted praise. His commitment, knowledge, ability and huge focus make him the greatest player of the modern era. In Pune he destroyed his opponents with clinical efficiency and in the process raised the benchmarks of competency and concentration to new levels, writes Geet Sethi.
In a well-contested final amidst a festive ambience on August 22, St. Mary's Hockey Academy clung on to the solitary goal scored by Nandini against PKR, Gobichettipalayam.
Kerala, overall champion
The Championships offered little to be excited about, with a handful of records illuminating what was otherwise a rank farce, writes Shreedutta Chidananda.
Full of promise
With talent, support and opportunities in abundance, a confident Padmini Rout is looking ahead to attain greater glory, writes Rakesh Rao.
Newcastle's new talisman
From the Gallowgate terraces, Andy Carroll watched Alan Shearer from boyhood and of course would play briefly under his managership. A fulminating hat-trick at home to Aston Villa made nonsense of the way Carroll was impugned by a leading sports columnist after Newcastle had been annihilated 3-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford in their opening premiership game of the season, writes Brian Glanville.
Liverpool pins hopes on Joe Cole
The 28-year-old England international ended a seven-year stay with EPL champions Chelsea to move to the Reds on a free transfer in July in a deal worth a reported £90,000 a week. However, Joe Cole's first league outing at Anfield will be remembered for all the wrong reasons — the midfielder was sent off for the first time in his career following a reckless challenge on Arsenal's Laurent Koscielny in Liverpool's season opener. By Kate Bamber.
A fruitful outing for team India
“It's always good to win. The games have been good for the boys and we are happy to have won most of them. This trip was not about earning FIFA ranking points but to instil confidence amongst the boys,” said India team coach Bob Houghton, about the team's tour of Portugal as a build up to next year's Asia Cup.
As the famous International Bridge Tournament Director Antorius Kooijman (‘Ton' to friends) of Netherlands explains in his article in this book, the dictionary meaning of Romance is “the escapade from ordinary occurrences, creating ...
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