There was a couple refreshing moments with regard to cricket in the immediate past.
As the sandpaper incident moves further into the past, it was nice to see Australia as the clear favourite going into the first Test with Sri Lanka.
One bookmaker was quoting Australia at $1.25 to Sri Lanka’s $6.50, so it would seem as though the Australian XI are fine. All that needs to be prevented is Sri Lanka ringing in India.
Sri Lanka seems to have its own corruption issues that centre around the ability of the players to trust one another. The ICC Anti-Corruption Unit has started an investigation in Sri Lanka, the sort that may start out as a routine matter in the hopes of getting at least one player to start singing.
The first Test gets underway later today in Brisbane and while it may appear to experts that Australia may be depleted and vulnerable, the bookies do not seem to share that view and it is doubtful that the odds are a reflection of some sort of misguided loyalty to the home side.
The blanket term “corruption” has been trotted out, with the ICC granting the Sri Lankan cricketers a 15-day grace period to come forward with any previously undisclosed information.
Former Sri Lanka Test cricketer Russel Arnold garnered some headlines by saying, “I would be surprised if none of this is in the back of their mind.”
It would be on the front of our minds if we had the cricket coppers lurking in the shadows.
“Whether they can trust their teammate, whether they can trust anyone’s instructions or game plans to carry out. It has to worry them,” Arnold continued.
In the words of Sri Lanka sports minister Harin Fernando, the cricket world governing body has declared Sri Lanka’s administration, “Corrupt from top to bottom.”
If the conclusion has been reached, what is the need for the investigation?
It is doubtful Steve Smith is going to cop the fall for this one, but the next two weeks might prove interesting and the constant reports of cricket corruption, to borrow and paraphrase a metaphor from golf, is par for the pitch.