Over the years, controversies surrounding cricket have marred the beauty of ‘the gentleman’s game’, with match-fixing, being the ugliest blotch in it. Throughout the history of cricket, there have been a number of players that have been banned from the game of cricket for match-fixing and here are 10 of them.
1. Mohammad Azharuddin (India)
Mohammed Azharuddin faced a life ban which was later lifted by BCCI in 2006. He was found guilty in 2000 for associating with bookmakers. It has been told that he provided information to bookies and introduced Hansie Cronje to betting as well.
2. Ajay Jadeja (India)
Ajay Jadeja was banned from playing the sport for five years but it was overturned in 2003. He had association with the bookmakers.
3. Hansie Cronje (South Africa)
Hansie Cronje was a national hero as South Africa’s captain until cricket’s biggest match-fixing scandal destroyed him. Hansie Cronje, the man whom batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar considered the toughest bowler to bat against, was charged with match-fixing on April 2000, along with other South African cricketers, Herschelle Gibbs, Nicky Boje and Pieter Styrdom. He is facing a life ban.
4. Manoj Prabhakar (India)
Manoj Prabhakar was a significant part as a main bowler of the Indian cricket team in the early 1990s. He was found guilty of involvement in match-fixing and was handed a 5-year ban by BCCI in the year 2000.
5. Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa)
Herschelle Gibbs face a ban for six months. Initially, he agreed to under-perform in an ODI game at Nagpur, but reneged on the deal and scored 74 off just 53 balls.
6. Mohammad Asif (Pakistan)
Mohammad Asif banned for seven years (2 years suspended). Bowling planned no-balls against England in August 2010. In November 2011 he was sentenced to 12 months in prison by Southwark Crown Court, England, for conspiracy to cheat at gambling and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments.
7. Marlon Samuels (West Indies)
The West Indian cricketer was accused by the Indian Police of leaking out team information to a bookie prior to their match against India in 2007. In 2008 he was banned by ICC for 2 years after being found guilty of breaking rules made to stop players from betting despite him claiming innocence throughout.
8. Mohammad Amir (Pakistan)
Mohammad Amir was banned from playing the game for five years. He planned no-balls against England in August 2010. In November 2011 he was sentenced to six months in a young offenders institution by Southwark Crown Court, England, for conspiracy to cheat at gambling and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments.
9. Salman Butt (Pakistan)
Salman Butt was banned for ten years (5 years suspended). He orchestrated the bowling of no-balls against England in August 2010. In November 2011 he was sentenced to 2 years and 6 months in prison by Southwark Crown Court, England, for conspiracy to cheat at gambling and conspiracy to accept corrupt payments.
10. S. Sreesanth (India)
Sreesanth has been banned for life. He gave fourteen runs in an over as planned in an IPL match for Rajasthan Royals against Kings XI Punjab on 9 May 2013. He was arrested on 16 May 2013 for accepting money from bookies to under-perform, but was released on bail a month later.