Cricket News: Top 5 Shocks and Scandals of Cricket

Cricket Scandals and Shocks

International Cricket has a glorious history starting from the 1900s

The scandalous past of International Cricket brings out a different set of emotions. The Biggest Cricket Scandals are the darkest of days in its history, containing drug scandal and match-fixing to disrespectful behavior by some of the best cricketers.

IPL Spot-Fixing

Ajit Chandila, Sreesanth, and Ankeet Chavan were arrested in 2013 by Delhi Police in an IPL spot-fixing case. The three players played for Rajasthan Royals in the 2013 Indian Premier League. As per reports, the police thought that the three players were also players within a betting circle, a syndicate of organized crime. They were responsible for altering match fixtures and illegal betting. Later, penalties decided by the board that did the investigation were to ban Sreesanth and Chavan for a lifetime, the Gujarati-player Amit Singh a five-year-long ban. 

Terror Attack In Pakistan in 2009

As masked terrorists attacked a bus containing the Sri Lankan players who had come for a match in Gaddafi Stadium in March 2009. But unfortunately, the attack killed two civilians and six security personnel. The team was thankfully evacuated and taken to a nearby airbase. Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Ajantha Mendis,  and Tharanga Paravitarana were injured but no major injuries were suffered. The Test match was called off and the tour was abandoned, keeping in mind the players’ safety.

Warne Drug Scandal

Shane Warne has been in the spotlight for many scandals but this one hit his career. Warne has had weight issues for a long time as well. The incident of the Warne Drug Scandal occurred in 2003 when the man of the hour tested positive for drugs called amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide, which are banned diuretics. It was right before the World Cup Opener, the match was going to take place between Australia and Pakistan. The drugs mentioned later are taken for hiding the effects of steroids. Warne at the time played innocent as he described how he was unaware that they were banned drugs and that he took them only for fluid drainage and weight loss. The Australian Cricket Board banned Warne from playing domestic and international matches for a year.

Marlon Samuel Match-fixing case

Marlon Samuels, a West Indian batsman was convicted with charges of misconduct, bribery, and match-fixing. Investigating the player for a while due to his affiliations with bookmakers before the 2007 ODI match in Nagpur. Telephone conversations were tapped into and excerpts between the player and the bookmaker were obtained. The excerpts hinted at the fact that details of the match and important information was leaked by the player to the bookmaker. Samuels denied all the claims. While the West Indies Board requested that the player should not suffer a ban, the ICC gave the player a two-year-long suspension.

Bob Woolmer’s Death

2007 World Cup that took place in the Caribbean; where the Pakistan coach of Bob Woolmer was found dead in his room in the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel situated in Kingston, Jamaica. Even though at a glance. It was thought that the cause of death was heart-attack but later it turned into a murder investigation. After the autopsy, it was discovered that Woolmer had died due to manual strangulation which had led to asphyxia. An 11-member panel was set up to look into the case of the murder of Woolmer but due to their inability to reach a concrete point, the investigation reached an open verdict.