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The Show Must Go On!

It is of no use saying that nothing exposes the present Indian Home Minister Amit Shah, the Modi government, and also the whole political dispensation that keeps its mouth sealed, more than this continuing scam. Apart from personal involvement of top Indian political leaders, alive and dead, in the fraudulent Cricket in the past in various capacities, Amit Shah’s son, Jay Shah, at present is the secretary of BCCI. It is under its banner that the biggest Indian scam IPL is currently on show. The show must go on, why to bother about the elephantine fraud or scam associated with it!

IPl-2021 is on show now to entertain, enthrall, and thrill millions and millions of Cricket lovers, especially in the present times of forced or self assumed lockdowns; 90 percent or so of cricket lovers said to be Indians. But at what cost to the society?

Former international bowler of great repute and Indian Test captain, Bishan Singh Bedi had this to say while talking about IPL, in November, 2018, “I have a lot of experience in cricket, you can tell what is happening in what match. If we stay blind even while seeing, then it’s our choice.” ( https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket/story/bishan-singh-bedi-indian-premier-league-1391500-2018-11-19 ). The most sought after key insider of the betting syndicate, Sanjeev Chawla, was reported to have said this in a much broader context, about Cricket overall, in end May, 2020: “no cricket match is fairly played” and “…all the cricket matches which people see are fixed”. He also pointed to the involvement of “a very big syndicate/underworld mafia” that influences all cricket games that, according to him, were like “movies which are already being directed by someone”. ( https://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/sanjeev-chawla-match-fixing-case-delhi-police-6433749/ ).

Against this background, let us briefly run the reel of the match between KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders) and MI on 13/4/2021, especially of KKR batting from over 12.4 onwards, in our mind. KKR were 104/2, needing further 49 runs to win in 44 balls, with good 8 wickets in hand. How do they go about their job to win the match from there on? The situation needed them to just play sensible cricket and clinch an all important win against the champs Mumbai Indians. The next ball, KKR captain, Eoin Morgan, holes out to deep midwicket. We were told by commentators on TV and on various websites that it was a result of superb bowling. But apply your own mind or ask any honest cricketer to see whether it was superb bowling or a ridiculous suicidal shot by the batsman? Anyway, score further raced to 122/3 in 14.5 overs, KKR requiring further only 31 runs in 31 balls, match appearing well and truly in their grasp. Now the well set Nitish Rana decided to jump out of his crease for no rhyme or reason on earth, I am sure no cricket expert worth his/her salt can justify his action, and was stumped out.

At this point of time, anyone not blind, as Bedi had put it, could anticipate what was coming. The match started turning on its head from thereon. Two balls later, the highly talented legendary Shakib Al Hasan threw away his wicket. That brought the internationally dreaded hard hitting Andre Russel, and not much less hard hitting Dinesh Karthik (only last match against SRH he had scored 22 runs of just 9 balls to give his side what turned out to be a winning score) together, KKR requiring only 31 runs of 28 balls. There was all the necessary drama of no-ball and dropped catches, score going up to 131/5 at the end of 17 overs. These two hard hitting batters scored only 7 runs of next 2 overs, one of the overs having been bowled by a spinner. The KKR fans wouldn’t have believed what they were seeing, and thousands of cricket bettors who would have backed KKR at low odds, ignorant of true character of Cricket, would have seen those two overs in total awe. Expecting two good hits from Russel to see his team through in the last over, they lost all their money staked, when Russel continued to bat contrary to his talent and character. KKR lost further 2 wickets and scored only 4 runs, to lose by a substantial margin of 10 runs. Many other bets, like for Tied match etc. were taken care of side by side by the betting syndicate.

Now, one can say Cricket is like that, anything can happen in a game of Cricket. True. But there is a substantial difference between ‘anything can happen in Cricket’ and a team of internationally reputed players, even current international captains, suddenly starting playing inexplicable Cricket to lose supposedly a highly competitive match, they must have been striving to win putting their best foot forward. Anyone knowing or understanding Cricket a little bit, seeing the match with open eyes and mind, not influenced by commentators’ blabber, must have understood on 13/4/2021 the meaning of Bedi’s and Chawla’s words. Harakiri committed by Morgan, Rana, and Shakib was too palpable. Even more conspicuous was self defeating and inept batting defying their capabilities, by Russel and Karthik, that followed. It was not that some stray player had sold himself out to some bookie; but it was a complete pre-scripted act like in a movie as was told by Chawla.

Russel blamed the pitch after defeat, even though the TOI headline the next day read ‘Knights gift tie to Mumbai’. Surely the pitch doesn’t force one to play inexplicable suicidal shots. And how miraculously the pitch suddenly changed in the last five overs! How easy and convenient for these cricketers, commentators, and fraudsters to utter any non-sense, assign any reason to anything, because there is no one to question daylight robberies!

It was not happening so for the first time, and it didn’t happen so for the last time. It has been happening thus day and night, continuously for more than a decade and will probably continue happening thus till human civilization or Cricket lasts. Sometimes too conspicuous, sometimes not so conspicuous. Because no one is bothered about this colossal fraud, that lies established in Supreme Court of India and is still continuing so unabashedly, except a super idiot named Atul Kumar.

Yes, one, among hundreds of millions of Cricket fans and scores of millions of Cricket bettors, taking all the mortal risks to expose the international mafia, ICC, hundreds of celebrity cricketers around the world, the mighty Establishment and others to the world through Press conferences, first time about a decade ago, has to be a super idiot! One bringing out movie like fixing of hundreds of matches including World Cup matches through his books and facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BettorsBeware answering and explaining scores of questions that arose, years before an insider told so, has to be an exceptional idiot! One, continuing to press the world to wake up while it with all the living greats finds its fulfillment in talking about only much pettier issues, has to be a special idiot. Because he has failed to understand that it is the prerogative only of the rogues, the Media, and the social media to decide which frauds should be celebrated and which should be cribbed about!

Unfortunately, those who enjoy this fraud or keep quiet about it don’t know or refuse to know what big cost they and their families are paying, apart from the billions of dollars that the millions of cricket bettors are continuously paying directly to the betting syndicates. The fraud has been a big source of global terror funding. Its continuance per se means that rot in the society is spreading and deepening more and more. Hundreds of wrongs in the society that we become victims of day and night, and so earnestly crib against, necessarily emanate from this overall rot. If this rot was not there, Corona could and would have been managed much better and much earlier. Hundreds of millions of people, including our near and dears would have not been suffering or dying as they are today! But no one wants to realize this, everyone still goes on in same conditioned way. At times when I call it stupidity of those around me, as I honestly feel it to be so, many of them may feel bad and abused. I may be becoming the culprit for them. I should appreciate and accept that. But at the same time there should be some efforts to introspect and ponder over why one of them has been telling them something repeatedly. Miraculously or amazingly that remains absent even in the face of extreme sufferings. Everyone continues with the same fixed mindset. So hardened has been the conditioning of our minds!

It is of no use saying that nothing exposes the present Indian Home Minister Amit Shah, the Modi government, and also the whole political dispensation that keeps its mouth sealed, more than this continuing scam. Apart from personal involvement of top Indian political leaders, alive and dead, in the fraudulent Cricket in the past in various capacities, Amit Shah’s son, Jay Shah, at present is the secretary of BCCI. It is under its banner that the biggest Indian scam IPL is currently on show. The show must go on, why to bother about the elephantine fraud or scam associated with it!

 

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