Return of illegal bookmakers August 18, 2009

Australia report bookie approach to ICC

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Cricket's recent trysts with bookmakers

  • February 2007: Nagpur Police accuses Marlon Samuels of giving out team information to an alleged bookie, Mukesh Kochar. Police releases a transcript of the conversation between Samuels and Kochar, and the ICC bans Samuels for two years.
  • October 2008: Two ICL players are suspended from the league amid widespread speculation over match-fixing, though the ICL says they are suspended on "disciplinary grounds".
  • July 2009: Pakistan players complain of the presence of "suspicious characters" in their team hotel in Colombo during a Test series. The team management gets their rooms changed, and the ICC's ACSU clears Pakistan of any contact with bookies.
  • August 2009: An audio tape of a phone conversation between Mohammad Illyas, a Pakistan senior selector, and Salim Altaf, the PCB's chief operating officer, alludes to match-fixing in the ICL. Illyas, father-in-law of Imran Farhat who played in the ICL, accuses senior Lahore Badshahs players of having fixed matches.

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The Australian team management has filed a report with the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit after a player was approached by a man suspected of links to illegal bookmaking. Cricinfo has learned the approach was made in the bar of the team's London hotel, the Royal Kensington Garden, following Australia's Ashes defeat at Lord's in July.

The player alerted senior officials immediately and, following ICC protocol, team manager Steve Bernard filed a report with the ACSU. The matter is currently under investigation. The player is not suspected of wrongdoing, and has been praised by a senior ICC official for his prompt reporting of the approach in line with the ACSU's player education programme.

Sources within the ICC and the Australian team, when contacted by Cricinfo, described the approach as "concerning" and part of a worrying resurgence in the presence of illegal bookmakers around major events. Sir Paul Condon, the chairman of the ACSU, told ICC meetings in Dubai and London over the past year that Twenty20 cricket posed the greatest corruption threat to the game since the dark days of Sharjah in the 1990s; a notion supported by recent media and anecdotal reports.

Cricinfo understands the ACSU is investigating additional approaches made to players by illegal bookmakers, or conduits acting on their behalf, during the ICC World Twenty20 tournament in England earlier this summer. One source said the ACSU was "well advanced" in several lines of inquiry, at least one of which also involved approaches made to players at a team hotel.

Senior officials are concerned that illegal bookmakers, emboldened by the new betting possibilities opened up by the Twenty20 game, are becoming increasingly prevalent around match venues and team hotels. After the inception of the ACSU in 2000 - in direct response to the match-fixing scandals involving international captains Hansie Cronje, Mohammed Azharuddin and Salim Malik - barriers were established to block bookmakers and their intermediaries from direct contact with players. But the approach to an Australian player during an Ashes series, coupled with those allegedly made to other international cricketers at the World Twenty20, have raised concerns that a new wave of corrupting influences is attempting to infiltrate the game.

"This shows that our education programme is working," an ICC spokesman told the Telegraph. "The player who was approached reported it straight away. We have the policies in place to try to ensure that we never go back to the times we were at a decade or so ago." The spokesman was also quoted by Times as saying that the ACSU "was content that all the World Twenty20 matches were clean".

A report in the Sunday Telegraph earlier this week, quoting an anonymous ICC source, warned that cricket was under renewed threat from illegal bookmakers. "Those in charge in the ICC understand that Twenty20 cricket has the danger of going back to the bad old days," the source said.

The report suggested that the apparent resurgence in contact from illegal bookmakers was in part attributable to the second IPL, a tournament at which the ACSU was not in operation, due to its $1.2 million operational bill. Lalit Modi, the IPL's commissioner, told Cricinfo last month the ACSU would be involved in future IPL tournaments, and an agreement in principle has been reached for the unit to police the Champions League Twenty20, scheduled to be played in India this October. "They have expanded their services and going ahead, all the tournaments, including Champions League and the IPL would have the presence of ICC's anti-corruption unit," Modi said, in a move welcomed by the ICC's chief executive Haroon Lorgat.

Lorgat last week announced there was "absolutely no substance" to reports that Pakistan players had been approached by illegal bookmakers at their team hotel in Colombo during the recent series against Sri Lanka. The matter was investigated by the ACSU.

"The ICC and its members have a zero-tolerance approach to corruption and rightly so because the integrity of our sport with its spirit is one of its greatest assets," Lorgat said. "On that basis it is entirely appropriate that any suggestions in relation to that subject are always reported to and properly investigated by the ACSU. I am pleased those investigations have indicated nothing untoward has taken place on this occasion but it is a reminder that all of us - players, officials and supporters - must maintain our vigilance to ensure we remain on top of the issue of corruption."

Alex Brown is deputy editor of Cricinfo

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  • fairdinkum on August 20, 2009, 3:03 GMT

    OK BangaloreKid I have read Malcolm Conn, just one commentator making one comment in the whole pantheon of commentary. And what did he say, that BCCI refused to allow ACSU at IPL in South Africa and concerns were raised in an article in the London Sunday Telegraph that this could allow bookies to return to cricket. Is this BCCI bashing? Now this article above clearly refers to the issue that if ACSU is not vigilant at IPL then there is danger. Modi of BCCI allows ACSU in, Lorgat of ICC applauds it. This is just fair commentary and then I read your prejudiced comment "you will soon find commentary blaming BCCI for the bookie approaching an Aussie". There is nothing in any journalist's articles under discussion here that is unfair or doesn't focus on the issue. Contributors to forums like this cannot be included as reflecting commentary by journalists.

  • ToMegaTherion1986 on August 20, 2009, 1:15 GMT

    It is good to see that this was delt with promptly. The last thing the game needs is another Cronje, Azharruddin or Malik. It certain dose seem like the ICCs protocals are working and the education of the players in this area seems to be sinking in very well. Weel done to the player who reported it, and as a fan of the game Thank you.

  • henchart on August 19, 2009, 14:40 GMT

    Bookies continue to approach cricketers and the Investigations taken place so far and the subsequent disclosures are merely tip of the iceberg.BCCI has not done enough and less said about the ICC ,the better.

  • Itchy on August 19, 2009, 13:32 GMT

    Congratulations aries_ravikumar - you have posted the most confused and illogical comment I've ever read on Cricinfo. Steer clear of the Kingfishers while typing, champ!

  • TwitterJitter on August 19, 2009, 12:02 GMT

    @nabilion - You are making my point. By using "BCCI is not promoting test cricket" claim to bash them on match fixing is kind of deviating from the issue, isn't it? That was what my comment was about. Keep issues separate and just focus on match fixing. I agree that most if not all of the bookies could be Indians but when did that become BCCI's fault? BCCI is not Indian government. I agree that Indian journalists have a responsibility to focus on corruption - more so than the rest - but unfortunately most of Indian so-called journalists are just match reporters. English journalists are the best of the available lot and my point is half way through a good article they mix up this issue with other prejuidices they have against BCCI and not do justice to what will be an otherwise good piece on corruption in cricket. As for some of Aussie journalists, they can't make out a difference between a cheer leader and journalist.

  • TwitterJitter on August 19, 2009, 11:25 GMT

    Baseball in theory should be as susceptible to match fixing as cricket. I am not sure why there is problem there and only in cricket. Is MLB doing something to eliminate this problem or is it coincidence that there is no impact there? I think the players are the key element in eliminating this problem because they are ones who have to come into contact with a bookie before any fixing of the match can take place. As long as the players keep reporting these kind of incidents and ICC/individual boards educate their players to report these encounters it will easy to catch them.Corruption in my opinion is 1000 times more dangerous to integrity of cricket than doping can ever be and needs to be taken far more seriously than it is now.

  • TwitterJitter on August 19, 2009, 11:20 GMT

    @Number_5: There is no BCCI bashing in this article. This one is highlighting a most important issue of cricket in cricket which to be frank is 1000 times more dangerous than doping. The ones I am talking about will come in the next few days. Just follow articles from Malcomm Conn in "The Australian". English journalists are the only ones in cricket who do journalism than just reporting which is admirable but four paragraphs down it will loose the focus and blame BCCI for match fixing troubles. I even mentioned that IPL and CL need ACSU more than anything else but you will soon find commentary blaming BCCI for the bookie approaching an Aussie during Ashes which will just do injustice to the corruption issue.

  • elsieb66 on August 19, 2009, 11:10 GMT

    Dear aries_ravikumar - if you read the piece instead of jumping to anti-Australian conclusions and diatribe, you will see that the player alerted officials immediately. "Chill dude and have a beer".....? What are you on about?

  • NumberXI on August 19, 2009, 6:21 GMT

    The Ashes is such a high profile test series - if this bookie was able to approach an Australian cricketer, what exactly was the ACSU doing? Is it the role of the ACSU to "actively" address such instances after they occur, or were they not even "employed" for the Ashes in the light of, as Cricinfo puts it, recent "anecdotal reports"? This yet appears to be yet another case of the ICC paying lip service to a major evil threatening the sport, but being selective in actually implementing its own requirements.

  • Homer2007 on August 19, 2009, 4:39 GMT

    1. The fact that an Australian player was approached in his hotel and this was preceded by other players being approached during the World Cup T20 speaks of organizational incompetence, when you juxtapose it with the knowledge that the ACSU and the ICC was concerned by the "apparent resurgence in contact from illegal bookmakers" that was"in part attributable to the second IPL", a tournament that preceded the World Cup and the Ashes.

    Ordinarily, heads would have rolled for this. But that wont happen anytime soon at the ACSU, will it?

  • fairdinkum on August 20, 2009, 3:03 GMT

    OK BangaloreKid I have read Malcolm Conn, just one commentator making one comment in the whole pantheon of commentary. And what did he say, that BCCI refused to allow ACSU at IPL in South Africa and concerns were raised in an article in the London Sunday Telegraph that this could allow bookies to return to cricket. Is this BCCI bashing? Now this article above clearly refers to the issue that if ACSU is not vigilant at IPL then there is danger. Modi of BCCI allows ACSU in, Lorgat of ICC applauds it. This is just fair commentary and then I read your prejudiced comment "you will soon find commentary blaming BCCI for the bookie approaching an Aussie". There is nothing in any journalist's articles under discussion here that is unfair or doesn't focus on the issue. Contributors to forums like this cannot be included as reflecting commentary by journalists.

  • ToMegaTherion1986 on August 20, 2009, 1:15 GMT

    It is good to see that this was delt with promptly. The last thing the game needs is another Cronje, Azharruddin or Malik. It certain dose seem like the ICCs protocals are working and the education of the players in this area seems to be sinking in very well. Weel done to the player who reported it, and as a fan of the game Thank you.

  • henchart on August 19, 2009, 14:40 GMT

    Bookies continue to approach cricketers and the Investigations taken place so far and the subsequent disclosures are merely tip of the iceberg.BCCI has not done enough and less said about the ICC ,the better.

  • Itchy on August 19, 2009, 13:32 GMT

    Congratulations aries_ravikumar - you have posted the most confused and illogical comment I've ever read on Cricinfo. Steer clear of the Kingfishers while typing, champ!

  • TwitterJitter on August 19, 2009, 12:02 GMT

    @nabilion - You are making my point. By using "BCCI is not promoting test cricket" claim to bash them on match fixing is kind of deviating from the issue, isn't it? That was what my comment was about. Keep issues separate and just focus on match fixing. I agree that most if not all of the bookies could be Indians but when did that become BCCI's fault? BCCI is not Indian government. I agree that Indian journalists have a responsibility to focus on corruption - more so than the rest - but unfortunately most of Indian so-called journalists are just match reporters. English journalists are the best of the available lot and my point is half way through a good article they mix up this issue with other prejuidices they have against BCCI and not do justice to what will be an otherwise good piece on corruption in cricket. As for some of Aussie journalists, they can't make out a difference between a cheer leader and journalist.

  • TwitterJitter on August 19, 2009, 11:25 GMT

    Baseball in theory should be as susceptible to match fixing as cricket. I am not sure why there is problem there and only in cricket. Is MLB doing something to eliminate this problem or is it coincidence that there is no impact there? I think the players are the key element in eliminating this problem because they are ones who have to come into contact with a bookie before any fixing of the match can take place. As long as the players keep reporting these kind of incidents and ICC/individual boards educate their players to report these encounters it will easy to catch them.Corruption in my opinion is 1000 times more dangerous to integrity of cricket than doping can ever be and needs to be taken far more seriously than it is now.

  • TwitterJitter on August 19, 2009, 11:20 GMT

    @Number_5: There is no BCCI bashing in this article. This one is highlighting a most important issue of cricket in cricket which to be frank is 1000 times more dangerous than doping. The ones I am talking about will come in the next few days. Just follow articles from Malcomm Conn in "The Australian". English journalists are the only ones in cricket who do journalism than just reporting which is admirable but four paragraphs down it will loose the focus and blame BCCI for match fixing troubles. I even mentioned that IPL and CL need ACSU more than anything else but you will soon find commentary blaming BCCI for the bookie approaching an Aussie during Ashes which will just do injustice to the corruption issue.

  • elsieb66 on August 19, 2009, 11:10 GMT

    Dear aries_ravikumar - if you read the piece instead of jumping to anti-Australian conclusions and diatribe, you will see that the player alerted officials immediately. "Chill dude and have a beer".....? What are you on about?

  • NumberXI on August 19, 2009, 6:21 GMT

    The Ashes is such a high profile test series - if this bookie was able to approach an Australian cricketer, what exactly was the ACSU doing? Is it the role of the ACSU to "actively" address such instances after they occur, or were they not even "employed" for the Ashes in the light of, as Cricinfo puts it, recent "anecdotal reports"? This yet appears to be yet another case of the ICC paying lip service to a major evil threatening the sport, but being selective in actually implementing its own requirements.

  • Homer2007 on August 19, 2009, 4:39 GMT

    1. The fact that an Australian player was approached in his hotel and this was preceded by other players being approached during the World Cup T20 speaks of organizational incompetence, when you juxtapose it with the knowledge that the ACSU and the ICC was concerned by the "apparent resurgence in contact from illegal bookmakers" that was"in part attributable to the second IPL", a tournament that preceded the World Cup and the Ashes.

    Ordinarily, heads would have rolled for this. But that wont happen anytime soon at the ACSU, will it?

  • cricbytes on August 19, 2009, 4:16 GMT

    Well all too much problematic in ICC. A few days earlier Pakistan Captain Younis khan himself reported that some people trying to meet his team players and reported this to ICC. What ICC did, few days after incident declared that Pakistan Players are cleared. Why ... And Why now the Australian is been praised and not been tested and then cleared. This Biasness from ICC needs now to be ended. And why not the bookies who try any contact are handle with justice.

  • kirannarendran on August 19, 2009, 4:01 GMT

    Match-fixing is the biggest threat of cricket than the future of the tests. It is glad to see that a player reporting the incident straightaway than sweeping it under the rug. It shows his gratitude towards the game, which gives him the life. We all should stand together to eliminate this 'Virus' from the cricketing world to keep cricket as 'Gentleman game.'

  • nabilion on August 19, 2009, 3:59 GMT

    Well Australian and British journalists have a right to bash the BCCI if they are not making an effort to preserve crickets most beautiful aspect test cricket. Test cricket is the form of the game which people find most memorable and treasure its on this stage where heroes are found. Also why would you amplify the issue its just creating a negative effect on cricket. Not since 1996 has australia had an issue with match fixing and this incident was put to the authorities quite quickly. It seems that most of the bookies are coming from india. Futhermore Australian and british journalists want to focus on the pure aspects of crickets like australia's lack of spinner it should be Indian journalists' responsibility and your country as a whole to stamp out corruption.

  • fairdinkum on August 19, 2009, 2:42 GMT

    BangaloreKid, name names and articles demonstrating your claim that English and Aussie journalists devolve into BCCI bashing without focussing on the matter at hand.

  • aries_ravikumar on August 19, 2009, 2:30 GMT

    What was the player doing when the bookie approached him? Could he not have alterted the hotel staff or could have yelled "Bookie, Bookie", and alerted the people around who could have grabbed him. Instead the player must have said chill dude lets have beer and after asking him to pay he must have said no i wont throw a match u just leave while i go complaint in the morning to the ASCU or whatever anti unit it is. Come on man have the aussies stooped to so low that they dont immediately do something about it instead of like a crybaby go complain hours later to the teacher crying about someone hitting him in the class after the school hours are over? Isnt he a grown up man and sane enough to act swiftly instead of alterting people around he went to the team manager sometime later and told him casually about this. Whats going on players? Give the people something which they can believe not all that crap stories around.

  • Rooboy on August 19, 2009, 0:01 GMT

    So, BangaloreKid, the intended goal is to eliminate corruption in cricket, elements of the BCCI may be involved in corruption, but 'English and Aussie journalists' are being counter productive by trying to raise the issue?! It's always those nasty English and Aussies, isn't it? Give me a break. It is so unfortunate that the sensitivities of many from the sub continent mean that statements of fact are taken as unfair criticism. This is a serious issue and it's about time we all grew up and viewed the issue as adults.

  • Number_5 on August 18, 2009, 23:28 GMT

    Bango, typical indian comment. Cant see the forrest for the trees. Corruption is rife in many sports, every month there is a story about a sport that has been tarnished by a betting scandal. Try reading some press that is written by a source outside India and you might learn this. As for the "BCCI bashing" has it ever entered into your realm of imagination that there might be a reason for this? If the key driver in the discussion on how and when cricekt should be played (T20, 50 , Test) is the dollar you will always have the issue of corruption. Money is not the be all and end all of every discussion, but the BCCI hold it like a sword over the rest of the ICC countries. If the BCCI showed some respect for the history of the game they might get a bit more respect itself.

  • kurtrudder on August 18, 2009, 23:19 GMT

    I don't understand where the criticism of the BCCI is in this instance. Corruption and match fixing is not a cricket only issue, Tennis and Soccer, two of the world's most popular sports are also fighting the same battle. I would think that cricket has actually done a lot more to fight this than those sports with the set up of the ACSU.

    The IPL needs to get in line with the rest of the cricket world and make sure that the ACSU is integrated into the tournament. Since the IPL is a BCCI run tournament, then the BCCI needs to get its act together on this occasion. The BCCI is not immune from criticism yet it it seems that their defenders jump up and down every time something remotely adverse is said about them

  • Bayman on August 18, 2009, 22:53 GMT

    asifsarfraz, I suggest you are easily pleased. While I agree with BangaloreKid about the authorities needing to be vigilant regarding the role of bookies in cricket I think he's being a little careless with the truth. When Warne and Mark Waugh were in strife with the authorities regarding their contact with "John the bookie", nobody in the Aussie press was blaming anybody but Warne and Waugh. Certainly there was no suggestion of BCCI bashing. The fact that "John" was Indian merely reflected the interest in betting in that part of the world as this sort of activity had not come to light before in cricket. Betting, in fact, has been associated with several sports over the years (all forms of racing, boxing, football etc.) so it's hardly surprising that it finally caught up with cricket. I suspect BangaloreKid is just another sensitive Indian supporter who looks for BCCI insults where there are none. If he looks hard enough I'm sure something will offend him.

  • GoMushGo on August 18, 2009, 20:35 GMT

    Dark days of Sharja in the 90's?. Oh wait, I remember, Pakistan was the #1 team then so it must have been fixed right?. Better look at IPL the source of all booker's Livelihood

  • Octa on August 18, 2009, 20:24 GMT

    its up to the players to stand firm. If the players are weak then the games integrity is weak.

  • asifsarfraz on August 18, 2009, 20:01 GMT

    BangaloreKid this is the best ever comment I have read on this website!

  • TwitterJitter on August 18, 2009, 15:05 GMT

    There is a need for rational discussion to be had on how much more comprehensive need there is to eliminate the spectre of bookies from cricket. IPL and Champions league, crickets most expensive and lucrative tournaments are especially vulnerable to this, and there needs to be a strong vigilance during these tournaments to not only keep the bookies away from the players but also to put them behind bars with tough regulations. Cricket journalists can bring focus on this issue and ACSU need to be ahead of the game. Unfortunately most of the commentary from English and Aussie journalists on this matter just devlove into BCCI bashing without focussing on the matter at hand. It is counter-productive and does not acheive the intended goal of eliminating corruption in cricket. One interesting topic for journalists to focus is why has this issue invaded cricket and not other sports and who is/are the syndicate or are they disjointed groups and what are the solutions and drawbacks of those.

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  • TwitterJitter on August 18, 2009, 15:05 GMT

    There is a need for rational discussion to be had on how much more comprehensive need there is to eliminate the spectre of bookies from cricket. IPL and Champions league, crickets most expensive and lucrative tournaments are especially vulnerable to this, and there needs to be a strong vigilance during these tournaments to not only keep the bookies away from the players but also to put them behind bars with tough regulations. Cricket journalists can bring focus on this issue and ACSU need to be ahead of the game. Unfortunately most of the commentary from English and Aussie journalists on this matter just devlove into BCCI bashing without focussing on the matter at hand. It is counter-productive and does not acheive the intended goal of eliminating corruption in cricket. One interesting topic for journalists to focus is why has this issue invaded cricket and not other sports and who is/are the syndicate or are they disjointed groups and what are the solutions and drawbacks of those.

  • asifsarfraz on August 18, 2009, 20:01 GMT

    BangaloreKid this is the best ever comment I have read on this website!

  • Octa on August 18, 2009, 20:24 GMT

    its up to the players to stand firm. If the players are weak then the games integrity is weak.

  • GoMushGo on August 18, 2009, 20:35 GMT

    Dark days of Sharja in the 90's?. Oh wait, I remember, Pakistan was the #1 team then so it must have been fixed right?. Better look at IPL the source of all booker's Livelihood

  • Bayman on August 18, 2009, 22:53 GMT

    asifsarfraz, I suggest you are easily pleased. While I agree with BangaloreKid about the authorities needing to be vigilant regarding the role of bookies in cricket I think he's being a little careless with the truth. When Warne and Mark Waugh were in strife with the authorities regarding their contact with "John the bookie", nobody in the Aussie press was blaming anybody but Warne and Waugh. Certainly there was no suggestion of BCCI bashing. The fact that "John" was Indian merely reflected the interest in betting in that part of the world as this sort of activity had not come to light before in cricket. Betting, in fact, has been associated with several sports over the years (all forms of racing, boxing, football etc.) so it's hardly surprising that it finally caught up with cricket. I suspect BangaloreKid is just another sensitive Indian supporter who looks for BCCI insults where there are none. If he looks hard enough I'm sure something will offend him.

  • kurtrudder on August 18, 2009, 23:19 GMT

    I don't understand where the criticism of the BCCI is in this instance. Corruption and match fixing is not a cricket only issue, Tennis and Soccer, two of the world's most popular sports are also fighting the same battle. I would think that cricket has actually done a lot more to fight this than those sports with the set up of the ACSU.

    The IPL needs to get in line with the rest of the cricket world and make sure that the ACSU is integrated into the tournament. Since the IPL is a BCCI run tournament, then the BCCI needs to get its act together on this occasion. The BCCI is not immune from criticism yet it it seems that their defenders jump up and down every time something remotely adverse is said about them

  • Number_5 on August 18, 2009, 23:28 GMT

    Bango, typical indian comment. Cant see the forrest for the trees. Corruption is rife in many sports, every month there is a story about a sport that has been tarnished by a betting scandal. Try reading some press that is written by a source outside India and you might learn this. As for the "BCCI bashing" has it ever entered into your realm of imagination that there might be a reason for this? If the key driver in the discussion on how and when cricekt should be played (T20, 50 , Test) is the dollar you will always have the issue of corruption. Money is not the be all and end all of every discussion, but the BCCI hold it like a sword over the rest of the ICC countries. If the BCCI showed some respect for the history of the game they might get a bit more respect itself.

  • Rooboy on August 19, 2009, 0:01 GMT

    So, BangaloreKid, the intended goal is to eliminate corruption in cricket, elements of the BCCI may be involved in corruption, but 'English and Aussie journalists' are being counter productive by trying to raise the issue?! It's always those nasty English and Aussies, isn't it? Give me a break. It is so unfortunate that the sensitivities of many from the sub continent mean that statements of fact are taken as unfair criticism. This is a serious issue and it's about time we all grew up and viewed the issue as adults.

  • aries_ravikumar on August 19, 2009, 2:30 GMT

    What was the player doing when the bookie approached him? Could he not have alterted the hotel staff or could have yelled "Bookie, Bookie", and alerted the people around who could have grabbed him. Instead the player must have said chill dude lets have beer and after asking him to pay he must have said no i wont throw a match u just leave while i go complaint in the morning to the ASCU or whatever anti unit it is. Come on man have the aussies stooped to so low that they dont immediately do something about it instead of like a crybaby go complain hours later to the teacher crying about someone hitting him in the class after the school hours are over? Isnt he a grown up man and sane enough to act swiftly instead of alterting people around he went to the team manager sometime later and told him casually about this. Whats going on players? Give the people something which they can believe not all that crap stories around.

  • fairdinkum on August 19, 2009, 2:42 GMT

    BangaloreKid, name names and articles demonstrating your claim that English and Aussie journalists devolve into BCCI bashing without focussing on the matter at hand.