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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
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
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
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.
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
It's an interesting perspective on how the bookies operate.
well researched book on cricket betting in India
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
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
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.
It's well written and researched. Though it doesn't bring forth facts we already didn't know.
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