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A disheartened fan

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photo: AP
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I am crazy about cricket, and a die-hard fan of the Chennai Super Kings. So much that I would not even mind bunking school to watch a match!

Though the CBSE results were published on the same day as the IPL finals, the match still mattered a lot to me. I would never miss to watch a match with India participating in it.

But the recent spot fixing scandal has hurt me to the core. My enthusiasm in cricket has declined. When fixers fix IPL matches and the result has already been decided, what’s the use in watching such matches? IPL franchises are earning money through tickets bought by the audience, some earn more by illegal betting. Players earn both money and experience. But what do we, the viewers earn? Nothing. It’s simply waste of time.

Cricket, once known as the ‘gentleman’s game’ has lost its value and name. I am afraid that such fixing happens in international cricket too. It really disturbs to know that umpires who must remain unbiased change decisions for the sake of money.

Even more painful is the involvement of politics. Asking the BCCI chief to resign was given more importance than tracking the spotfixers. I am sure that there would be many people disheartened just like me. But still, in some corner of my heart, there is some hope that all such issues will be solved soon and ‘clean cricket’ will come into action.  

PL.Sriram,

Class XI, Cheran Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Karur, Tamil Nadu.


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