The cricket world is abuzz with the spot fixing scandal that has hit the IPL. Puzzled by what is happening? Want to get some background on how the Gentleman’s Game has been sullied by those seeking to make a fast buck? Then go right ahead and read these six titles on the darker side of the game
Not Quite Cricket by Pradeep Magazine
One of the best books on match fixing, Not Quite Cricket was written in the aftermath of the Hansie Cronje saga and is notable for its succinct style and interviews with those involved in the sport. If it had been taken more seriously at the time of its launch, the game would not be in the mess it is today.
Bookie, Gambler, Fixer, Spy by Ed Hawkins
If you actually want to get into the whole cricket betting structure in India (and some other countries) and how bookies operate and twist and tweak odds, this is very much the book for it. Read it, and your faith in the game will get rattled.
…And Nothing but the Truth? By Deon Guows
It might have been going on behind the scenes for a while, but the cricket world REALLY woke up to match fixing when South Africa’s captain, Hansie Cronje was found guilty of it. Guow’s book takes a look at the events that led up to the scandal and what followed. They also raise a very pertinent question: did Cronje tell the complete truth?
Caught: The Full Story of Corruption in International Cricket by Simon Wilde
What happens when one of the best writers in the sport gets his teeth into a massive controversy? Well, something like this compulsively readable book, which again revolves around the Hansie Cronje and what made him betray the sport that made him a star. A fascinating study of corruption in cricket.
Caught Out: Cricket Match-Fixing Investigated by Laurie A.Claase
Written in 2007, this book might not have made headlines but got into the running for the Alan Paton non-fiction award. Claase is an investigative journalists and her attempt to uncover the world of match fixing in cricket is a notable one. Difficult to get, but well worth a read.
Caught Out by Brian Radford
For sheer shock value, not too many books can beat Caught Out. Radford pulls no punches as he names several players and officials involved in less than scrupulous dealings in the game. Yes, it can seem a bit over the top at times, but it will leave you a very good overview of what has been going on in the sport known once as the Gentleman’s Game!