They say the devil is in the detail, or in Hansie’s case the leather jacket, but how hard can it really be to throw a cricket match without rousing suspicion?
Apparently quite hard, because a team in the United Arab Emirate’s All-Time Ajman league was so piss poor at doing so that they’re now under investigation for corruption.
The International Cricket Council are looking into the match, having been alerted to the incident after footage went viral on social media.
The footage itself is very shoddy, but it’s not hard to see how farcical the whole situation is:
Some context via NewsAU:
The ICC’S Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has confirmed it is investigating the league after the Sharjah Warriors were skittled for 46 in absurd fashion, chasing a total of 136 set by the Dubai Stars.
Video of the stream of Warriors dismissals shows batsmen charging down the pitch and not even attempting to return to their crease after swinging nowhere near the ball.
There are also suicidal run-outs and one case where both batsmen stop in the middle of the pitch and allow a fielder time to pick up the ball and return it to the keeper for one of the slowest run-out dismissals you can imagine.
Yeah, they even make Faf’s running between the wickets seem on point.
UAE cricket officials have distanced themselves from the controversy, saying that the All-Time Ajman league was never approved by the local cricketing authorities.
Someone, somewhere, is busy counting their dollars.
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