Ok, so a quick summary for anyone not paying attention: a man named Mazhar Majeed was arrested on charges of defrauding bookmakers yesterday in England. The basic accusation is that Mazhar was offering to bribe Pakistan bowlers to bowl no balls at certain points in the game. This is a very serious allegation and the fact that it is reported that he was able to accurately predict certain no balls makes me very worried that this could end badly.
I want to say, though, that I truly hope there is nothing to these allegations against the Pakistan team. The Pakistan players have enough trouble already. Not being able to play in their home country for the foreseeable future is bad enough.
The game is scheduled to start again today, In about 10-20 minutes from the time I’m writing this. I am interested to see how the players on both teams react to the news. I wonder if some of the Pakistan players will step up their game to silence allegations of cheating. I wonder if Stuart Broad will be even more aggressive because his great knock yesterday is under a cloud.
This is why match fixing and and cheating of all kinds is such a big problem. Trott and Broad played incredibly well Friday and I can’t be the only one that looks at all this news and starts to wonder if their best was matched against the best the Pakistani bowlers had to offer. I don’t want to think that, both for the England and Pakistan players’ sake.
No matter what happens now, there will always be a cloud over this game and that makes me mad. I hope that all the players are cleared and the cloud gets a little smaller. I guess as the day goes on we will learn more.