8, 30, 000 British Pounds. That's what Mazhar Majeed, the Pakistani Agent Cum Bookie Cum Match Fixer claims to have earned from spot-fixing during the recent Lords' Test between Pakistan and England. If, as a result of this, you are lead to believe that cricket is a lucrative game, and making money out of the game is easy, nobody can blame you.
New things are happening in the world of cricket. For example, exchanging or giving jackets. This is very different from the practice of exchanging jerseys in soccer. Maybe, just maybe, FIFA might now want to check jerseys when players exchange them as the games get over. And keep a little commission for noble causes like development of the game in poorer countries, famine-ravaged or terrorist- infested areas.
And newer things can happen. If we can change formats - test cricket to ODI to T20, we can add score boards as well. Score Board I will be your regular score board, the one that we have seen since the game began, and can now be considered boring. After all, what's a SIX compared to 8, 30, 000?
It is indeed the Score Board II that shall hog the limelight in future. Spectators' eyes will be focused on this, and there shall be a separate telecast of this scoreboard. This scoreboard will feature face-offs between bookies. For example, there will be bets on whether a wicketkeeper will miss a stumping off the next ball, or if the manner in which the batsman will lose his wicket. And, as soon as the event gets over (I mean the delivery), the score board will feature details like which bookie's bets won, how much did the player or players involved make and so on.
It shall all be legal and above board. It will save ICC the expenses on Anti Corruption Unit, the hassles of holding conference calls and press conferences on conferences calls, and the unnecessary debate on who to ban and who to save. Plus, it will ease the pressure on important men like Interior Minister and Sports Minister who can keep themselves occupied with mundane stuff like fighting terrorists or making money from building stadium that never truly come up.
Cricket academies will benefit as well. There will be special sessions on bowling no balls and wides, on dropping catches, and innovative ways of getting out. Plus group exercises on creating dramatic collapses and so on.
Now I don't know what tomorrow's kids would want to be. Cricketer, Cricket Administrator, or a Bookie?
I am starting a career counselling company. See you soon.