Voice from the Rooftop

Blog of Vincent Augustine D'Souza

Category: Corruption

Is India vs Australia series fixed?

Before the 2007-2008 India – Australia Test series began one Australian player predicted that India would lose 0-4. I felt the series was fixed.

When Sachin Tendulkar was the captain the team went to Australia and Milind Rege, secretary of a cricket association at that time predicted that India would lose 0-3. He was right.

When 1991-1992 series was in progress one Australian player predicted that India would lose 0-4. He was right.

The accuracy of these predictions raises doubts about match-fixing and some people knowing it beforehand. There have been anti-India decisions by umpires in those series.

Umpire’s decisions against India in Melbourne and Sydney Tests point to match-fixing. Steve Bucknor in particular has given anti-India decisions over the years. Indian players were not happy about him. Sourav Ganguly had written adverse report about him in 2003. Yet BCCI did not protest and Steve Bucknor continued to officiate Tests involving India. Once can be happenstance. Twice can be coincidence. Thrice or more enemy is at work.

In the penultimate over of Sydney Test on the fifth day India lost three wickets in five balls. Seven balls were left to be played and it could have been a draw. This reminds of me of an ODI match. During India vs Zimbabwe match in 1999 World Cup India had to score six runs for victory with two overs remaining and three wickets at hand. Raj Singh Dungarpur told the Indian players to finish the match in one over and India lost three wickets and the match in that over. The similarity is striking.

Those who run betting syndicates fix matches for their profit. It has become difficult to get players involved in match-fixing. Umpires are used for match-fixing.

If there is no betting there will be no match-fixing.

Presidential election

Presidential election 2007 has turned nasty. Pratibha Patil’s record during emergency was dug up. Her comments about purdah created a controversy. Her role in the bankruptcy of a bank of which she was a founder and director, allegations of her brother being a murderer, her husband causing the suicide of a man, misuse of MPLADS fund made headlines.
Congress started to attack Bhairon Singh Shekhawat. The latest accusation against Shekhawat is that in 1942 when the country was following Quit India movement under the leadership of Gandhi Shekhawat joined police force. This is going back 65 years.
Before making this accusation Congress should have examined its track record. During World War II many Indian soldiers joined Indian National Army founded by Subhash Chandra Bose. Indian National Army surrendered in 1945. The soldiers were tried for treason and were acquitted but did not get back their jobs. After independence they were not taken back. This is how the Congress Government led by Jawaharlal Nehru treated freedom fighters.

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