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

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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 off ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published November 15th 2012 by Turtleback Books (first published November 1st 2012)
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Sairam Krishnan
Jan 09, 2013 Sairam Krishnan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I watched the India Vs Pakistan World Cup semifinal in the huge conference hall of our B-School where our Dean had arranged for the match to be screened live via projector. It was an amazing night, possible the happiest I've been as an Indian cricket fan, having been born fours year after Kapil Dev's 1983 triumph.
Each time Pakistan dropped a Sachin catch, my heart skipped a beat and my MBA class held its collective breath, and then let it out again. We cursed Wahab Riaz as if he was the scourge
Anurag Sethi
Jun 16, 2015 Anurag Sethi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: india, cricket
I started reading this book hoping that I could get to know a little bit more about the murkier side of the sport I love. This book, however, left me with more unanswered questions than I began with. It postulates that match/spot fixing is common (about 50% of international matches). And it gives a thorough examination of the subject from various perspectives - the ACSU (anti corruption body), the fixers, the sport fan, and even the players. But as with a topic of this nature, it is hard to know ...more
Ankur Maniar
I particularly liked the style of writing which is more fiction like. The drama, the pace and the brisk narrative of a fiction is felt through the entire book inspite of being a non fiction. The author has interviewed book makers, players, administrators, security agencies and tried to figure out how much tainted the game of cricket is. The instances of spot fixing and other already proven offences have been discussed. Further, the betting markets and its nuances, especially in India are being d ...more
Jan 24, 2014 Arjun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an important book that has it's say in the illegal betting market, it's perceived arrogance and it's features. As a cricket lover, you are bound to be shocked with the details. Skip this book if you are a paranoid. But you shouldn't be. You should know about the game you love. You are back to the ground reality and it helps you understand the various fixing/betting scandals which were publicised. For example, the Gurunath of CSK. The whole issue is made clear with a single quote 'Every i ...more
Top notch investigative journalism. A must read for cricket fans all around the world.
Santosh Kumar
After having read this book i too doubt whether i would watch any cricket match with same enthusiasm and not think "is this scripted match?" or "is this fixed?"
Well written book and daringly well researched ;-). at times it felt bit biased or inclined towards sub-continent nations.
Cant help but notice that author was really obsessed with India Vs Pakistan 2011 ICC World Cup semi-final's match. Now even i am piqued to find what really happened :-D
Baranidharan Sivasankaran
An exhaustive account on how the Indian and international cricket bookie network functions.... Spun with some dark humor, this documentary-like walk-through sometimes chills our spines and makes the reader guffaw at the "spirit of the game" at times.... Also gives insights on the lingo used by the bookies while a match is on and those were really interesting.... some hard to digest facts and shocking revelations makes the book a page turner....
Girish Kohli
Ed Hawkins is a seasoned sports journalist who takes the responsibility of exposing corruption in cricket through this book.

The book is a journalistic account of his endeavours in trying to unearth the truth behind some of the biggest fixes in recent cricket history.

The writing style borders between a memoir and a novel. It is an easy read and Ed Hawkins certainly knows how to begin and end his chapters.

He does manage to bring to the fore the scale of the syndicates that manipulate the bettin
Daniel Sevitt
Illuminating and scary, but as a book it's simply an extended newspaper article. Definitely worth the read, though.
Sudeep Reddy
May 31, 2014 Sudeep Reddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's an interesting perspective on how the bookies operate.
Jul 07, 2014 Siddharth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
well researched book on cricket betting in India
Brendan Crowley
Apr 05, 2014 Brendan Crowley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Very interesting expose of the darkness at the heart of cricket. Very good points made about the News of the World spot fixing scandal and the inability to actually bet on individual no balls.

At its heart the book is a call to arms to those who want to see match fixing eliminated. Will it be listened to? Time will tell.

Thoroughly recommend it to anyone who cares about sport or betting.
Mar 03, 2013 Kartik rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The language used by Ed Hawkins throughout this book was fantastic, although I would have liked it if there was less of a direct translation of the English spoken by Vinay and Parthiv. Also, the book reveals what most of the cricketing audience is already aware of - that betting and spot-fixing does exist - and no concrete evidence has been provided yet. Kudos for the research though
Dec 22, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent book. As the title suggests, the author worked hard to look at corruption in cricket from the perspective of Indian bookies and gamblers, the ICC and the Pakistani government. Very modern and mainly focuses on Pakistan's loss to India in the 2011 World Cup. It is a disturbing but necessary read for cricket fans.
Sandesh Anand
Oct 03, 2013 Sandesh Anand rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating read. But in the end, the content makes me sad. I am a huge fan of the sport and cannot forget the game central to this book (WC 2011 India v/s Pakistan). The fact that this match maybe "fixed" is gut wrenching.
The part where he travels to India to meet bookies is great, rest is well-trodden information. Don't expect blockbuster revelations, just a rundown of how the market for spot-fixes works.
Aug 01, 2014 Nitin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is very very hard not to get cynical about cricket after reading this. But I shall prevail.
It's well written and researched. Though it doesn't bring forth facts we already didn't know.
Apr 08, 2015 Suman rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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