From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.34 :: NO.46 :: Nov. 17, 2011
To think that the rest of the cricket world is isolated from fixing — that it is a Pakistan-centric problem — is to be naive, or disingenuous. The ICC has to tackle the problem at the domestic level with its associates: it is here that the standards are lax and accessibility easier, writes S. Ram Mahesh.
It's just the tip of the iceberg
Scams such as match-fixing and spot-fixing are still going on among the teams who play Test cricket, among thousands of bookmakers on the sub-continent and increasingly in the British Isles, writes Ted Corbett.
Involve former cricketers to curb fixing
The Anti-Corruption and Security Unit of the ICC comprises former policemen with a good track record but the point is whether they all know enough about the intricacies of the game to spot something that is amiss. This will make a huge difference in eradicating the malady and hence, the ICC should look at involving former cricketers in their efforts to curb fixing of all kinds in cricket.
Wise Wisden coming to India
The wait until next year for an affordable Indian edition of Wisden could be tantalising to many in the country. Let us hope this move and the several others contemplated for enlarging the Wisden's general appeal do not dilute the charm of the more than hundred years old chronicle. But we can confidently expect that Lawrence Booth, who, at 35, is the youngest ever to edit Wisden, will steer clear of such pitfalls, writes R. K. Raghavan.
FIFA still in turmoil
The financial dealings of FIFA get murkier with each passing day. More officials are dragged in the net and swords are drawn out as everyone tries to save themselves. By Brian Glanville.
Joleon Lescott's tough tackling and confidence attracted the eyes of many across the continent, and in August 2009 Manchester City manager Mark Hughes took action and brought him to the ambitious club, writes Joe Short.
LET'S BE FRANK
So far, so good
The chances are Alan Pardew's side will not win anything of note anytime soon, but Newcastle United is the team of the EPL season so far.
No one-season wonder
The Holland international joined Spurs in August last year for GBP8 million and soon endeared himself to Spurs fans with some outstanding displays in the Barclays English Premier League and the UEFA Champions League.
What a backroom!
There's definitely some truth when they say, ‘In Formula One, most often a race is either won or lost in the garage.' G. Raghunath visits the Ferrari and the McLaren garages.
‘The Machine' is all set to roll
Paul Koon, a professional in the World Series Boxing (WSB) and a heavyweight boxer, who, at one time, was ranked the number one amateur in the U.S., is known for his ruthless punching. He is also an avid chess player. By Nandakumar Marar.
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