February 27, 2008

Easier to fix?

Sidharth Monga

The IPL could encourage match-fixing if the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament is not brought under the purview of the ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit, feels Tim May, the former Australian offspinner who currently heads Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA). "Any format that is more dependent on the performance of one player should represent a higher inherent risk for manipulation," May was quoted as saying by PTI. "The shorter the format, the higher the potential risk that a single performance can affect the overall result. The shorter the format, the more acceptable it will be for batters to be dismissed in a reckless manner.

"On the flipside of it is that the game moves so quick, it is difficult for parties to manipulate outcomes and adjust odds as the game progresses."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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