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August 15, 2013

Should match-fixing and spot-fixing be criminalised in countries where betting is illegal?


Fixing cheats the good faith of the user. Criminalisation is a more decisive solution to fixing than boards banning players.


Nobody guarantees the spectator a fair match. They just guarantee a cricket match. The only ones defrauded here are punters, who are indulging in an activity deemed illegal in any case.


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August 19, 2013, 8:36 GMT


yes criminalised...but ICC should also not be able to make statements like "9 players from Dhaka Gladiators" therefore throwing mud at all the DG players. Should name names...not taint everyone by omission, particularly when some of the DG players are so high profile.

August 19, 2013, 5:00 GMT


yes it was criminalised in countries where betting is illegal, give them 5-7 years jail...

August 16, 2013, 11:50 GMT


Fixing of a match (in whole or part) should be illegal if the following criteria are met: 1. The sport is recognized by the government/sports ministry of the country and/or receives grants or tax exemptions (or deductions) based on its classification as a sport. 2. The competition is sanctioned by an official sports body. 3. The person is taking part under contract.

Anyone fixing a competitive sport is breaching the trust of multiple people, including teammates, financial backers, sports organizations, fans and even the nation as a whole (especially in an international match). When someone is playing a sport under any sort of contract, that trust is codified in a legally binding document. Deliberately committing an action contrary to the contract should be considered fraud and prosecuted on legal grounds.