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10 Scandals involving Match-Fixing, Spot-Fixing, and Corruption that rocked Cricket

In the past, some players corrupted the game of cricket and faced severe repercussions for their actions.

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Cricket is a gentleman’s game and noting that reputation, there is a responsibility on players to keep that image intact with their attitude. However, there are a few instances to recount for cricket fans when some players failed to do justice to this beautiful sport by putting a blot on this game with their infamous acts.

Fans of the sport remember these ill-famed incidents as a nightmare as they felt betrayed after the actions of players. However, during these difficult times, the International Cricket Council (ICC) played its part efficiently and brought these players to justice for tainting the image of the reputable sport. 

Here are the match-fixing and corruption scandals that shook the world of cricket

10. 2017 Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scandal gate

PCB spokesman Amjad Bhatti speaking to media after spot-fixing scandal. (Photo Source : Gettyimages)

In 2017, six players got involved in a spot-fixing scandal that rocked the second season of the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Among six blokes, one of them was the left-handed opening batter, Sharjeel Khan. The infamous scandal got exposed when an undercover British police officer posed as a member of a corrupt betting syndicate and tricked a suspected bookie Yousuf Anwar and Pakistan cricketer Nasir Jamshed.

After getting caught, Sharjeel was handed a five-year ban (with half of the sentence suspended) from all forms of cricket for flouting Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB)’s five articles such as fixing, betting, receiving bribes, failing to report corrupt approaches, and failing to disclose corrupt approaches to PCB’s Vigilance and Security Department (VSD).

As per the allegations, Sharjeel got two million Pakistani Rupees to play a couple of dot balls in the Islamabad United vs Peshawar Zalmi match. For his irresponsible act, Sharjeel also offered an unconditional apology to the PCB, and in 2019, he made a comeback in competitive cricket.

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