Corruption in cricket

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.

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The Pakistan spot-fixing case

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.

Nov 13, 2014: PCB urges Butt, Asif to come clean | VideoNov 19, 2014: Pakistan should not welcome Amir back

The Zimbabwe crisis

As Zimbabwe itself descended into chaos under the increasingly draconian rule of Robert Mugabe, the cricket structure in the country disintegrated, leading to many top players, mostly white, leaving for greener pastures, and the increasing politicisation of the board under Peter Chingoka.

Nov 11, 2014: Zimbabwe strike delays domestic season | VideoAug 19, 2013: 'I don't see an end to Zimbabwe's crisis'

Technology in cricket

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

Nov 7, 2014: Tendulkar wants 'standardised' DRS | Nov 12, 2014: Umpire communications to be broadcast

West Indian contracts crisis

The relationship between West Indian players and their board has been rocky since 2005, largely over a new contract with Digicel. The situation has flared up sporadically with isolated strikes and other threats and actions. The latest incident was the decision of the players to abandon, midway, the 2014 tour of India

VideoOct 30, 2014: 'Clampdown on chucking sign of effective ICC' | VideoNov 21, 2014: 'WICB must regain players' trust' - Lara

 
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