In order to control ‘fixing’ in sports, the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) has established a committed ‘Sport Integrity Unit’ to investigate into cases of fraud, fixing and illegal betting in any sporting event.
Objectives of this Sport Integrity Unit include:
- Investigating into matters related to sports fraud
- Battling malpractices in sports
- Coordinating with sports federations and law enforcement agencies
- Engaging with Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports so so as to come up with a law dealing with corruption in sports
‘Sport Integrity Unit’ would make India one of the very few countries in the world to have a committed unit set up as a part of its federal investigative agency to look into sports fraud. Presently, the US FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), Australian Federal Police and some European nations only have a dedicated unit to check sports frauds.
The 2014 edition of Wiesden Cricketers’ Almanack recently published has retired legend Sachin Tendulkar on its cover. This is the 151st edition of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. Tendulkar also became the first Indian cricketer to feature on the cover of the ‘Almanack’. Earlier Sachin was chosen to feature on the cover of the 2nd edition of the ‘Wisden India Almanack’. The yellow page shows Tendulkar walking out of the Wankhede stadium after playing his last innings against the West Indies in November 2013.
Wisden has made a very interesting comparison of Tendulkar’s record with England Captain Alastair Cook and Australian Captain Michael Clarke. In December 2013, in Perth (Australia) when for a few moments:
- 1 Cook + 1 Clarke = 1 Tendulkar (i.e. 200 Test Matches with exactly 15,921 runs and 51 centuries).
Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack
Also simply called Wisden or colloquially “the Bible of Cricket” is a cricket reference book published every year in the UK. In 2012, Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack’s Indian edition was launched.
Sri Lanka lifted their maiden World Twenty20 title by beating India in the finals held at Mirpur , Bangladesh. Sri Lanka 132-4 (17.5 overs) beat India 130-4 (20 overs) by 6 wickets. Sri Lanka finally managed to break their jinx of losing the finals of global events, having gone down in the decider of the 50-over World Cup in 2007 and 2011 and T20 World Cup in 2009 and 2012.
Dreams of India to become the first team to hold all three limited-overs trophies, were shattered by the 52 not out knock from Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara. Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene both aged 36, had announced their plans to retire from T20 international cricket just before start of the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
India’s Virat Kohli, won the World Twenty20 player of the tournament award.
Australia lifted their 3rd World Twenty20 title by beating Australia in the finals held at Dhaka , Bangladesh. Australia 106 for 4 beat England 105 for 8 by six wickets. It was Australia’s third T20 triumph in succession. England medium-pacer Anya Shrubsole was named as the Women’s Player of the Tournament of the ICC World Twenty20. The 22-year-old grabbed 12 wickets at an average of 5.75 in the lead her team(England) up to the final.
For the ICC Women’s Cricket World Twenty20 (2014):
- Australia captain: Meghann Moira Lanning
- England Captain: Charlotte Marie Edwards
- Indian Captain: Mithali Raj