Fixed! Cash and Corruption in Cricket: Shantanu Guha Ray
Fixed! Cash and Corruption in Cricket authored by journalist Shantanu Guha Ray was in news in the first week of March 2016. It examines the allegations of corruption against players, cricket administrators and bookies alike.
The book rifled through the underbelly of cricket, analysed the spot-fixing and nexus of bookies and punters with those in the corridors of power, mysterious deaths and issues that threatened the gentleman's game.
The author interviewed many people who were the middle men, agents, 'friends of IPL franchise owners who were around the players' dressing rooms. These are the people who placed bets on games and enticed cricketers to reveal inside information for money, sex or, worse, fear for their lives.
The author in his book said that despite the cricket being almost next to religion in India, the Union Government did not take it serious on the issue of corruption in it to discuss in Parliament.
According to the author, the betting industry became extremely secretive and complex network that works at various levels.
The book talks about the two recent cases in Mumbai, bookies camouflaged themselves as members of an investor forum discussing the ills of real estate business in the city.
He penned that the network of bookies runs very, very deep across the world.
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When: First week of March 2016
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