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Not Cricket! 20 May 2001
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Not Cricket!
Sunday 20 May 2001

Cricket, no longer a metaphor for honour and decency, is facing a growing crisis of international scandal. David Lomax investigates new allegations of bribery and match fixing as well as evidence of complacency and cover-up among the game's regulatory bodies.

Cricket Stumps
Panorama asks whether the authorities can stamp out match fixing
Panorama talks to key figures who are investigating the international match rigging scandals linked to gambling, and to insiders who now allege that some English county games have been fixed for years and that this has been ignored by the authorities.

With exclusive access to the evidence gathered by India's Central Bureau of Investigation, the programme reveals how international betting rings based in India, the Gulf and London have influenced cricket.

Panorama uncovers a deep-rooted system of corruption involving bookies, cricketers and criminals with huge amounts of money at stake. And asks are the worldwide cricket authorities really serious about stamping out corruption in what's always been know as a Gentlemen's game?

Former England cricket captain Ian Botham tells BBC's Panorama the corruption scandal is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Production Team:
Reporter David Lomax
Producer Nick Hudson
Assistant Producer Rebecca Woodward

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