As MOVID was watching ARNAB GOSWAMI in TIMES NOW go on and on, on MATCH FIXING and SPOT FIXING,, MOVID was flabbergasted at the ignorance shown by, the sincere but somewhat disruptively garrulous ARNAB GOSWAMI , regarding the definition of SPOT FIXING!
So MOVID’s definition of SPOT FIXING is “ANY CRICKETER INDULGING IN TIMED INSINCERE UNDER-PERFORMANCE DURING THE COURSE OF A MATCH AND SUCH UNDER-PERFORMANCE IS INFORMED THROUGH A PRE-ARRANGED SIGNAL TO A PERSON INDULGING IN PREDICTING OF ANY OUTCOME WITH A PECUNIARY OR VALUABLE CONSIDERATION IS SAID TO HAVE INDULGED IN SPOT FIXING!”
I am not against gaining a dubious distinction of going down in the annals of cricketing history as the first to have attempted to define SPOT FIXING, in legal terms!
Coming to the definition, there is nothing wrong in OVER PERFORMANCE- then that would be HOPE and the consideration received would be INCENTIVE! It is the UNDER PERFORMANCE, which is the issue. For example, if a bowler bowls a no-ball or tosses a lolly-pop at a timed over or a timed ball, then that would be an action warranting an investigation for spot fixing. A lolly-pop would not necessarily be dispatched to the fence, but gives a batsman a fair chance to- and that is the issue.
MOVID condemns such spot fixing only on the single ground that such practice breeds UNDER PERFORMANCE! In any area such under-performance leads to benefit the idle and encourages FEUDALISM. Feudalism simply means do nothing on your own but keep reaping the benefits of others’ labour and effort! This is against all principles of DEMOCRACY and therefore MOVID abhors such conduct and this spot fixing should be brought in as an offence in our penal code.
As an apology for CSK, let me state that CSK has never under-performed except in those non-crunch matches. Maybe, there was spot fixing in those non-crunch matches, SO WHAT? But continued behaviour of MONEY FOR UNDER-PERFORMANCE is likely to breed vices which could destroy not merely CRICKET, but the MORAL TIMBRE of the nation as a whole.
UNDER-PERFORMANCE should never ever be rewarded- much less pelfily!