The desire to Cheat pervades International Sport

The football world was rocked by the disgusting scandals that emerged in Italy around the time of the FIFA World Cup and which involved some major teams, including the renowned Juventus.
The Italian football scandal only served to show the extent to which some people are prepared to go to win or, in some cases, to make money at the gambling shops on the loss of teams that should otherwise have won with relative ease.

One of the areas that has only recently come under the microscope in terms of cheating in a major way is the sport of cricket.
We have heard about the ball tampering issue that has been around for many years but which has not received the kind of attention it deserves.
Indeed the cheating that takes place in cricket has largely been underplayed because of the limited number of countries that practice the sport and the limited international media interest.
However since we play the sport it is important for us to appreciate what has been happening within it.
Ball tampering has been used by many players in the game and that includes, unfortunately, at least one West Indian pacer who admitted to engaging in this cheating practice.
Then there is the matter of match fixing.
Betting has been involved in cricket since 1694 when “two shillings and sixpence was paid” on a game.
In the recent past cricket has moved into the top five int
ernational sports on which to gamble and the Cricket World Cup has been described as the “biggest cricket-betting event of all time”.
The International Cricket Council is concerned. Its general manager and chief investigating officer, Jeff Rees says, “Session betting, spread betting and betting on specific aspects events within a game are all on the increase. As these ‘events’ do not necessarily impact on the outcome of the match there is clearly potential for corruptors to seek to engineer ‘micro’ fixing in the hope that it will be undetected.”
Many will recall the expose that was done by the South Africans with former captain, now deceased, Hansie Cronje, on the matter of match fixing back in 1999.