Acquittal of Sreesanth and other IPL match fixing cricketers.

Better and better, bat together.

Match fixing, Betting and Cricket are now bedfellows. Except Cricket Board and Government of India, every person knows where to bet and how to set (fix). Fall out is simple: do not watch crucial matches. In long term, only solution to prevent the match fixing is to legalise betting. Transparent revelation of betting statistics would wipe out fixing and would also generate revenue. It will also add to GDP by billions. Guestimates are that it is to the tune of 400 billion per annum.

What acquittal means:

Acquittal of cricketers seems to have brought Diwali like celebrations on high hopes. First of all fraud in cricket match by under performance is inherently difficult to prove. There is no direct law covering match fixing. Secondly standard proof in criminal case is required to be ‘proof without reasonable doubt.’ It is a high standard.

Therefore for standard of proof required for civil right i.e. right to play is even less. It has to be shown on the pedestal of probability that playing by Sreesanth and other crickets is not in public interest and they should not play.

Four months ago I had written this article and saved it. Since then, as expected nothing has happened. Neither Sreesanth no any other cricketer made any representation to Cricket Control Board to lift the ban nor they made any public statement in this regard.

Everything is water under the bridge. Or may be they were waiting for new management ic CCB toi take over after the death of Dalmia. Who knows?

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