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In September 2010 the ICC suspended three Pakistan players - Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt - on allegations of what was later defined as spot-fixing. They were alleged to have carried out specific on-field actions, including bowling no-balls at pre-determined times, during the Lord's Test against England on the instance of a bookie. The three were later handed long bans by the ICC before the matter moved to the British Crown courts, where all three were convicted and sentenced to spells of detention.
Apr 18, 2014: PCB to hold probe over cricketers playing with Kaneria | Aug 1, 2013: Spot-fixing: Back in the spotlight
For a game as steeped in tradition as cricket is, the question of how much to rely on technology is a perennial - and is now becoming increasingly complex. The Decision Review System has been controversial since it was first put in place
Apr 2, 2014: Why do we over-react when changing cricket's rules? | Apr 10, 2014: The problem with low catches
The auction of two IPL franchises in March 2010 led to a string of allegations surrounding the league's operations and those of its stakeholders. The immediate fallout was the sacking of the league's creator Lalit Modi but the IPL has been at the centre of controversy ever since
Cricket has never stopped evolving: from round-arm bowling becoming the standard, to the 15-degree rule for arm flexion while bowling. From the number of balls per over to the specifications of equipment - ranging from glove-webbing to bat handles - almost every aspect of the game is regulated. New rules are frequently put in place - especially in the shorter forms of the game, as in the case of Powerplays, free hits, and the tweaking of field restrictions.
Mar 27, 2014: The white-line crime | Apr 2, 2014: Why do we over-react when changing cricket's rules?
Cricket's biggest match-fixing scandal was unearthed in 2000, when Hansie Cronje admitted he had accepted money to throw matches. Soon players from other countries were implicated, among them Mohammad Azharuddin and Saleem Malik. Since then, allegations of fixing - including the new phenomenon of spot-fixing - have cropped up sporadically, and it has been acknowledged that bookmakers and the underworld have been active in trying to influence cricket results and specific moments in play. In 2010, scandal reared its head again when three leading Pakistan players were questioned by Scotland Yard and suspended by the ICC over spot-fixing charges.
Mar 25, 2014: 'Court has come down with a sledgehammer' | Apr 9, 2014: BCB to appeal against corruption tribunal's clean chit
Ambush marketing | Andrew Symonds' fall from grace | Australia crack the whip | Australian cricket under review | Axing the associates | Ball-tampering | BCCI elections | Bodyline | Chucking | Drugs | English television rights | India's coach hunt | Indian television rights | Kenyan player strike | Kolpak | New Zealand's captaincy controversy | Pakistan doping scandal | Pakistan's disciplinary crisis | Pietersen v Moores | Pitches | Player contracts | Security concerns | Sledging | South Africa's pullout from Sri Lanka, 2006 | The Darrell Hair Affair | The future of ODIs | The Greg Chappell-Sourav Ganguly spat | The Kevin Pietersen controversy | The Lahore attack | The Stanford meltdown | The Sydney saga, 2008 | The Woolmer investigation | The Zimbabwe crisis | West Indian contracts crisis | World Series Cricket |
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