That the three players have been named a day after a one-year ban was lifted on three other players — Mohnish Misra, Amit Yadav and Abhinav Bali — shows that it is not the first time betting has dragged the game down. One of the problems is that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not done enough to ensure that such events are prevented. The T20 league, right from its inception in 2008, has been under the scanner for different financial irregularities. The income tax department has been investigating cases of tax evasion by certain team franchises, the CBI had taped conversations between bookies and league officials in 2010, teams have been accused of money laundering by sending funds through tax havens and so on.
The players are in many ways considered youth icons. But many it would seem have been knocked off their pedestals. Whether the game can regain some of its lost lustre depends on the course of the current investigation. Rather than focus on spot fixing, the time has come to fix everything that has gone so wrong with the whole game. Then perhaps T20 can begin a new innings altogether.