Cricket is often called a gentleman’s game and meant to be played in a harmonious and competitive way. But there have been some cases where the fair play has gone for a toss and scarred the very purpose of cricket. Here are some of the most shocking controversies that have rocked cricket
#1. Match fixing saga of 1999-2000
The turn of the millennium witnessed one of the most shocking controversies in the world. Hansie Cronje and Mohammad Azharuddin were the captains of South Africa and India respectively. These two teams gained worldwide popularity among fans and critics alike. But it also gained the attention of bookies. It all started when Delhi police revealed that they have information that some of the matches in the South Africa’s tour to India were rigged. On further investigation it was found that Hansie Cronje received kickbacks from the bookie named Sanjay Chawla for fixing the matches. Cronje admitted that he accepted between $10,000 to $15,000 for ‘forecasting’ results, not match fixing.
Along with Cronje four other players-Nicky Boje, Henry Williams, Herschelle Gibbs and Pieter Strydom, were also found to be involved. Gibbs and Williams were suspended from international cricket for six months. Additionally Gibbs was fined R60, 000 and Williams R10, 000. Strydom and Nicky Boje were let off with a warning. Cronje was banned from playing or coaching cricket for life. Cronje also revealed that it was Mohammad Azharuddin who brought him in touch with the bookies in 1996 and the charge was found to be true. Azharuddin was implicated. Subsequently Delhi police along with CBI also found Ajay Jadeja, Manoj Prabhakar and Ajay Sharma to be involved in match fixing. Azharuddin was banned for life and the India trio was banned for five years. This fixing incident tarnished the reputation of India and South Africa and led to the amendment of stricter rules.