Cricket in 2014 will be remembered for the wrong reasons

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2015 is a World Cup year and when the tournament rolls into Australia and New Zealand, hopefully cricket will be remembered for the great game that it is instead of the following:

The on-going allegations of match fixing...

Watching the "I am a cheat" YouTube video made by Lou Vincent, the former Kiwi batsman, who is serving a life time ban for match fixing, just proves that all is not well with cricket at a professional level and that more needs to be done to eradicate corruption.

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Then there is the former all-rounder Chris Cairns, who was named as one of the five Wisden cricketers of the year in 2000, and captained New Zealand seven times. He is facing perjury charges.

Number 1 ranked bowler banned for illegal action...

The ICC revealed that Saeed Ajmal’s action due to the severity with which his arm bends. He was previously cited in 2009 but was cleared to bowl.

He has taken 183 wickets in 111 one day matches and 178 Test wickets in 35 matches. Another superstar bowler is deemed to have an illegal bowling action, which begs the question why did the cricket governing body not step in earlier to prevent this from happening?

Batsmen who have lost their wickets to Saeed Ajmal must be wondering if they were bowled to legally.

Allegations of bullying in the England team...

Steve Harmison has backed up his former team mate Kevin Pietersen’s claims that there was a culture of bullying in the England dressing room.

These claims were also reinforced by Ricky Ponting, the former Australian Skipper who witnessed England’s senior players forcing team mates to apologise for dropped catches and misfields.

Any allegations of bullying are serious and as role models to millions of children, international cricketers have a responsibility to ensure this does not happen.

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