Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy: A Journey to the Heart of Cricket's Underworld

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Nov 15, 2012 - Sports & Recreation - 240 pages
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A startling and powerful journey to the very core of India's illegal bookmaking industry that exposes the scale of corruption and the match-fixing that now runs rife throughout world cricket.

For several years Ed Hawkins made friends with India's illegal bookmakers - men who boast turnover of hundreds of millions of dollars per cricket match - as well as the corruption officers of the International Cricket Council who are trying to shut them down. It's a shady world and rumours abound. But then Hawkins receives a message that changes everything and he decides it is time to expose the truth behind match-fixing.

Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy is a story featuring politicians, governing bodies, illegal bookmakers and powerless players - as well as corruption, intimidation and even suicide. It is a story that touches all cricket-playing nations around the world. It is a story that every cricket fan must read. You might never again watch a cricket match without suspicion...
 

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Contents

There is nothing new under the sun
3
Fear
11
You Wanna fix a match?
16
Script
27
PART TWO DIARY FROM THE UNDERWORLD
41
Bookie
43
The anatomy of a fix
55
Bookie v punter
67
Wicket gaya
122
Delhis finest
133
PART THREE ANALYSIS
147
The fix that Wasnt
149
What does the ACSU do
162
Afternoon tea With the commissioner
171
The English disease
182
The fix that Was
196

Punter
73
Fixer
83
The Maidan
94
The Taj
99
Groomed
103
The road to Nimbahera
113
Spy
204
Fix it
208
Glossary of terms and key names
215
Bibliographysources
229
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About the author (2012)

Ed Hawkins is an award-winning sports journalist. He has twice been named the Sports Journalists Association's Sports Betting Writer of the Year. This is his second book.

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