Let us have a look at five such incidents which shook the entire world: Spot-fixing Incident- Pakistan vs Australia
'Monkey Incident'- India vs Australia
The cricketing relations between India and Australia have never been rosy but the 2007-2008 Test series between these two countries was the most scandalous by far. The controversy sparked when Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh allegedly called Andrew Symonds a 'monkey'. This wasn't the first time when Symonds, the only non-white player in Australian side was racially abused. Ricky Ponting reported the issue to the match referee Mike Proctor who handed Harbhajan Singh three match ban. The decision was highly criticized by Indian cricket fraternity who said that Proctor was biased towards the Australian side. Due to lack of evidence Harbhajan played the final Test, although India lost the series to Australia 2-1.
Pakistan cricket team came under the radar for fixing from time to time. Even the World Cup winning team of 1992 could not save itself from the allegations. The 2010 series against England witnessed spot-fixing of a totally different level. Three bowlers, including then skipper Salman Butt were accused of throwing huge no-balls. The other two players were Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir. All three players were handed bans and had to serve a term in jail. Amir, 18 years old at that time, recently made a controversial comeback into the team.
No-ball Incident: Sri Lanka vs Australia
In the 1995 Test series against Australia, Sri Lankan spinning legend Muttiah Muralitharan was no-balled seven times in two consecutive matches raising serious questions on the umpiring skills of Darrell Hair and Ross Emerson. This was also a blow to Sri Lankan cricket as Muralitharan was the backbone of team's bowling attack. He later underwent bowling action test organized by ICC and was declared clear. The team, motivated by the incident, took their revenge in 1996 World Cup to clinch the title.
Hansie Cronje Match-Fixing Incident– South Africa vs England
Hansie Cronje, South African skipper at that time, made it to the headlines after he confessed his involvement in match fixing in Test against England in 2001. This was allegedly done to make the ongoing boring match interesting by declaring the innings at a short total. It was later found out in the investigation that Cronje was approached by a bookmaker who offered him a sum of 500,000 Rand and a leather jacket if he was able to 'made a game of it'. Cronje was handed a life-ban from any cricketing activity. He died in a plane crash the following year.
The Under-Arm Incident: Australia vs New Zealand
Third ODI of the Benson & Hedges World Series Cup became the topic of discussion when Trevor Chappell, ordered by his brother and captain Greg Chappell, threw an under-arm delivery to Brian McKechnie to make it impossible for him to score a six, which was all New Zealand required to win. Although this wasn't against the ICC rules at that point in time, it definitely started the whole debate regarding sportsmanship. Trevor's career ended with that delivery and the three brothers still refrain from talking about the incident.
Let us have a look at five such incidents which shook the entire world:
Spot-fixing Incident- Pakistan vs Australia