by Shantanu Guha Ray
About the book: Who killed Hansie Cronje and Bob Woolmer? Have players from the national squad been involved in match-fixing? Is suspending IPL teams punishment enough for erring franchise owners? Should betting be made legal in India as advised by the Lodha Committee? From S. Sreesanth to Chris Cairns, Lalit Modi to N. Srinivasan, Hamid Cassim to Tinku Mandi, Shantanu Guha Ray examines the allegations of corruption against players, cricket administrators and bookies alike. He interviews the myriad people who linger in the shadows of players' dressing rooms - the middle men, agents, 'friends' of IPL franchise owners - placing bets on games and enticing cricketers to reveal inside information for money, sex or, worse, fear for their lives. Also under the spotlight are the roles of the police and the government, who have, at best, made patchy efforts to stem the rot. Fixed!: Cash and Corruption in Cricket is an incisive, unflinching look at the underbelly of what once used to be a gentleman's game.
by James Astill
About the book: On a Bangalore night in April 2008, cricket and India changed forever. It was the first night of the Indian Premier League - cricket, but not as we knew it. It involved big money, glitz, prancing girls and Bollywood stars. It was not so much sport as tamasha: a great entertainment. The Great Tamasha examines how a game and a country, both regarded as synonymous with infinite patience, managed to produce such an event. James Astill explains how India's economic surge and cricketing obsession made it the dominant power in world cricket, off the field if rarely on it. He tells how cricket has become the central focus of the world's second-biggest nation: the place where power and money and celebrity and corruption all meet, to the rapt attention of a billion eyeballs. Astill crosses the subcontinent and, over endless cups of tea, meets the people who make up modern India - from faded princes to back-street bookmakers, slum kids to squillionaires - and sees how cricket shapes their lives and that of their country. Finally, in London he meets Indian cricket's fallen star, Lalit Modi, whose driving energy helped build this new form of cricket before he was dismissed in disgrace: a story that says much about modern India. The Great Tamasha is a fascinating examination of the most important development in cricket today. A brilliant evocation of an endlessly beguiling country, it is also essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the workings of modern India.
by Mary Shannon Moore
About the book: Chronicling the Indian Premier League (IPL), India’s first sports league and the most controversial ever, this book explores the intricacies of the business and the acceptability of the IPL to take a closer look at the various scams that have plagued it. It is a blow-by-blow description of the highs, lows, and future of the IPL that has, possibly, redefined the way the rest of the world perceives India. It analyses what the league got right and what it has got wrong and why. And, what the IPL and its owner/promoter—the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)—could have done to sell the sport and build on the popularity of cricket in India, but didn’t. Analysing the spot-fixing scandal, the conflict of interest controversy, the specific issues concerning the teams, the complicated interplay between the BCCI and the IPL, this thought-provoking work brings to light many untold stories of cricket in India.
by Pradeep Magazine
About the book: A Revealing, In-Depth Account Of The Nexus Between The World S Top Cricketers And Bookmakers. On 17 March 2007, The Much-Fancied Pakistan Team Crashed Out Of The Cricket World Cup After A Surprise Defeat To Minnows Ireland. Even As Disappointed Fans Reacted With Anger And Dismay, Rumour Mills Began Working Overtime, Insinuating The Involvement Of Bookmakers In The Unexpected Result, And Hinting At Match-Fixing. Speculation Reached A Fever Pitch When, The Day After, Pakistan Coach Bob Woolmer Was Found Murdered In His Hotel Room. Sources Alleged That The Hand Of The Subcontinental Betting Mafia Was Behind The Attack On Woolmer, And Pointed To The Billions Of Dollars That May Be At Stake When A Match Is Thrown . This Recent Episode Is Only The Latest In A String Of Incidents Involving The World S Top Cricketers. In Recent Years, The Indian Subcontinent Has Emerged As Perhaps The Most Lucrative Arena In Which World Cricket Is Played, Not Least Because Of The Enormous Sums Wagered On The Outcome Of Every Match. Fired By A Chance Encounter With A Bookie In The Caribbean, Top Indian Cricket Writer Pradeep Magazine Set Himself The Task Of Finding Out Exactly How The Shadowy World Of Betting And Match-Fixing Works. He Interviewed Players, Journalists, Cricketing Officials, And Even Posed As An Informer For A Bookmaker For A While. What Emerged In The Course Of His Inquiry Was A Story Of Divided Loyalties And Carefully Camouflaged Half-Truths, Of Players Who Actively Participated In Match-Fixing And Others Who Colluded With Them. He Found That The Money Trail Snakes Its Way Into Every Part Of The Game In The Subcontinent, And Thence To The World. This New And Revised Edition Of This Best-Selling Book Brings The Shocking Story Of Betting Scams And Match-Fixing In International Cricket Up To The Present, And Indicates How Strong The Bookie Cricketer Ties May Be Even Today.
by Brian Radford
About the book: Caught Out exposes a staggering catalogue of revelations about the way international cricket is being contaminated by crooked players, ruthless gamblers and bent officials. It brings together appalling scandals involving the biggest names in the sport who have deliberately cheated, often under enormous pressure from gambling gangs who threaten serious physical harm and even abduction if their orders are not carried out. These riveting revelations will shock and disgust all those who play cricket honestly at every level whether it is at school, a local club, county level, or at the top in the international arena. Icons are named and shamed in a series of disclosures that zoom in on match-fixing, spot-fixing, cocaine smuggling, chilling death threats, kidnapping, ferocious betting, and high-class prostitutes paraded as additional rewards for players who cheat for illegal bookmakers. A string of amazing exposes will grip and alarm anyone, whether close to cricket or not; even if only having a modicum of interest in the integrity of those who compete and officiate in sport. Full of revelatory details this book sheds light on the scandals in cricket that seem to capture the headlines whenever there's a key international fixture.