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'Wisden' on Packer: The most important consequence was that players realised they were saleable commodities.

Gaming Licence
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The cbi report on match-fixing and related malpractices talked only of bookies, punters and underworld dons. It named nine international cricketers—six of whom led their countries in the 1999 World Cup—who were either offered or paid money by bookie Mukesh ‘MK’ Gupta. But this is not about betting alone. It’s about making money by converting the game of cricket into a show. This system is run by sponsors, advertisers, TV networks, businessmen, industrialists and all who view cricket as a cash cow. Former players, who form commentary teams for TV networks and write syndicated columns in papers, don’t comment on this system as they are as involved in it as the rest. It is this system that sells cricket and makes great players like Azhar, Lara and Akram vulnerable to fixing matches for money and it is all pervasive. On match-fixing and betting, the cbi report warns: "The crisis facing cricket today is very different and far more sinister than the Bodyline controversy." The cbi is no authority on cricket history and its knowledge of what ails the game is limited. Bodyline was at least about playing cricket but wasn’t the only crisis that this game of glorious uncertainties and gentlemen ever faced.

The Packer crisis (1977-79) affected and changed the game far more deeply and seriously than Bodyline. It commercialised cricket and made it a tool of the market. Wisden tells us that in the 19th century, there were a couple of cricket circuses run by Clarke and ‘Ploughboy’ Dean for profit. We also know that the cricket establishment till half a century ago discriminated between the Gentlemen who played for pleasure and those who played for their livelihood. But unlike all these professional practices of the past, the Packer circus was a great enterprise to commercialise the great game and turn it into a tool of the new emerging markets. Kerry Packer, the Australian media mogul, as you know, was fighting against the Australian Cricket Board and the entire cricket establishment for exclusive

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