The obvious reason why there are so many corruption scandals involving both players and administrators is the incredible amount of money involved in sport. It appears that corruption can be found in almost any imaginable areas of sport. The main areas are match fixing, embezzlement or misusing of sport funds, corruption in hosting of games, corruption in changing sport results, corruption in transfers of players, corrupted elections in sporting bodies.
Cricket is like a religion in india and thus one reason why the epic mismanagement of Indian cricket matters. The other is that it gets to the heart of the cronyism and high-level abuse that plague India more widely. Every cricket season brings news of a fresh scam or intrigue including, on May 16th, the arrest of three cricketers and a dozen bookmakers for alleged match-fixing in the countrys most popular domestic tournament, the Indian Premier League (IPL). What is to be done? As so often in India, the solutions are easy to state and hard to enact.
The government should legalise betting on cricket, in order to control and regulate it. The cricket board must also be regulated more tightly, as the commercial operation it is, not the volunteer organisation it claims to be. It should recognise that the longer it fails to stamp out corruption, the more tightly it will be controlled. It should start by cracking down on the alleged cheats”not, as in previous scandals, seeking to exonerate them after the dust has settled. Such reforms would be opposed by the same powerful people who aspire to run everything in India, from politics to cricket to banking. That is why they are so important. International confidence in Indias ability to uphold the rule of law and fight corruption is at an all-time low. To improve their countrys reputation, its rulers should start by cleaning up their favourite game.