Former Delhi Police commissioner KK Paul had busted the first betting racket in cricket history. In 2000, the Delhi Police intercepted a conversation between a bookie and cricketer that led them to a bigger racket.
According to Paul, because of heavy stakes, the cricket is not played like a gentlemen’s game anymore.
How do you think bookies have changed their modus operandi to continue the racket of fixing?
In 2000 when we busted the racket and for the first time an arrest was made in a fixing case, the International Cricket Council (ICC) took it seriously. They asked the board of every country to keep a watch on the cricketers.
But I don’t think there was any supervision on the T-20 cricket, which is most prone to fixing.
Is it difficult for bookie now to do match fixing and now they are more interested in spot fixing?
For match fixing you need to have at least half of the team on your side. In T-20, taking a single player in confidence would do.
If one bowler, who will be bowling four overs, is on your side, then you almost have match in your control.
Thus in T-20, bookies prefer spot fixing and earn money through that.
How does a bookie identify the player, who will be agreed to indulge in fixing?
According to my experience, a player who feel discarded and realise that he doesn’t have much chance to play at international level, is prone to fixing. If a player’s career is ending, he would want to earn as much money as he can before he stops playing.