We don’t lose for money

March 12th, 2012 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

New Zealand says claims some New Zealand cricketers have been allegedly involved in match-fixing simply aren’t credible. …

Players for all the main cricketing nations took part, the bookmakers claimed, and New Zealanders were currently being offered to bookmakers to help fix matches.

One bookmaker claimed to have fixed matches with two New Zealand players – who he named – in 2010. The newspaper did not publish the names.

Last night New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association boss Heath Mills told the Herald the allegations were a slur on every player in New Zealand.

I don’t think our players throw games, because they get paid to do so. I think they just play like crap occasionally regardless of financial incentive!

 

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19 Responses to “We don’t lose for money”

  1. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    I stopped reading at ‘occasionally’ :D

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  2. RRM (9,668 comments) says:

    New Zealand Cricket says claims some New Zealand cricketers have been allegedly involved in match-fixing simply aren’t credible…

    Absolutely 100% A-1 correct there, good buddy.

    New Zealand cricketers are constantly losing everyone, everywhere, all the time. No-one’s going to throw their money away bribing them to do so.

    Be like doing a rain dance in Wellington…

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  3. Nigel (516 comments) says:

    There is an assumption the bookies fix a NZ match by paying players to lose, sounds wrong to me, I suspect the match fixing is when they get pay to win.

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  4. jonnobanks (148 comments) says:

    Jesse Ryder losses for beer and pies… he is too hungover to play :D

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  5. Nostalgia-NZ (5,045 comments) says:

    The claims come from a very ‘credible’ match fixer, at a time when another credible fellow is facing defamation charges brought by a nz cricketer in London.

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  6. dime (9,682 comments) says:

    Match fixing tends to be for spot betting (i think its called that). not so much for losing the game, but things like bowling 2 no balls in a certain over.

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  7. dime (9,682 comments) says:

    Cracks me up how people are quick to take the piss out of our cricket team.

    imho we punch above our weight. Cricket is hardly a national sport in this country.

    i also think we are on the verge of a golden era – does that mean we will be the best in the world? nup! top 4 though.

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  8. Fletch (6,154 comments) says:

    I don’t think our players throw games, because they get paid to do so.

    They do? Gotta watch where you put the commas :)

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  9. trout (922 comments) says:

    A lot of snow being thrown around to cover the smell of corruption in Indian and Pakistani cricket circles. Sort of ‘don’t pick on us, everybody does it’. Sports that attract large groups of small time punters invariably breed collusion between bookmakers and players. Boxing and horseracing have a sad history of match fixing, ATP tennis (below the grand Slam) is dodgy and recently the NRL has been targeted. The most obvious opportunities for fixing occur where one person can manipulate the outcome of an event. Spot fixing offers a myriad of such opportunities.

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  10. GPT1 (2,106 comments) says:

    There is a complete lack of detail in these allegations – I suspect a slow news day somewhere.

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  11. Spam (597 comments) says:

    I do wonder whether the Chris Cairns thing can be explained as his “translator” (Dinesh Mongia was it?) perhaps providing instructions, and saying that they came from Cairns.

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  12. MT_Tinman (3,055 comments) says:

    Not all NZ cricketers still play for NZ, some even play for another country.

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  13. cows4me (248 comments) says:

    i agree with RRM, why would we throw a game, we don’t seem to need encouragement to do so. Perhaps the games we do win should be looked at. I would assume bookies would most likely bet against NZ as a general rule. If NZ wins it would usually pay handsome dividends .

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  14. stiglet (11 comments) says:

    Spotfixing puts a whole different complexion on things. It puts every ball bowled in question. How many sports are untainted?

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  15. labours a joke (442 comments) says:

    Its all about the dollar. I have absolutely no doubt match fixing goes on. To think otherwise is naive.

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  16. Alan Wilkinson (1,850 comments) says:

    Most serious NZ sports corruption has been foreign-born imports – and not pacific islanders.

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  17. Peter Freedman (127 comments) says:

    RRM (4,276) Says:

    March 12th, 2012 at 1:06 pm
    New Zealand Cricket says claims some New Zealand cricketers have been allegedly involved in match-fixing simply aren’t credible…

    Absolutely 100% A-1 correct there, good buddy.

    New Zealand cricketers are constantly losing everyone, everywhere, all the time. No-one’s going to throw their money away bribing them to do so.

    Be like doing a rain dance in Wellington…

    C’mon RRM, in the past few weeks our test team has axed Australia, zonked Zimbabwe and almost stoushed South Africa. What more do you want from a cricket minnow?

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  18. RandySavage (202 comments) says:

    NOT LIKE THOSE STINKING PAKIS RIGHT DAVID!!
    Cairns is going down, all the good money is on that

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  19. spk18 (21 comments) says:

    Just remember that Cairns losing the case does not mean he actually IS a match fixer. If the libel laws in the UK are similar to the defamation laws here (and to be honest law school was so long ago now I cannot remember the differences/similarities), a defence to the claims is basically if the person had an honest belief that the statement was true (or words to that effect). Seems to me Cairns IS going to lose (assuming the media is reporting the case as it actually unfolds, they generally are too lazy to) but that doesn’t mean he actually did the deed/s – all it might mean is that the Indian dude honestly believed what he said was true and therefore successfully defended the action.

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