- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; Export/Airside ed edition (15 Nov. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408838524
- ISBN-13: 978-1408838525
- Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 2.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,309,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bookie Gambler Fixer Spy: A Journey to the Heart of Cricket's Underworld Paperback – 15 Nov 2012
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This is a disturbing but essential read (Sunday Express)
Eyebrow-raising and entertaining in equal measure ... Explosive stuff (Racing Post)
Hawkins knows both cricket and gambling, but his greatest asset in this penetrative investigation is nerve (Sports Books of the Year, Sunday Times)
There has always been something about the News of the World's spot-fixing sting that didn't quite add up. What bookmaker in their right mind would take a bet on a no-ball at a specific time? Ed Hawkins discovers the real reason as he gets to know the illegal Indian betting markets . The world of the fixer is complex, insidious, and bigger than you might think (Sport)
This book is a must read for cricket fans who want to discover the truth behind the controversies and allegations that have circled the sport in recent years (Irish Post)
'The most explosive book yet about corruption in cricket' Lawrence Booth, editor of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
Read this and you won't watch a cricket game in the same way, every dropped catch, every run out, every ball will make you think a bit more about the game we love.
One complaint - do we really need to be told four times that former ACSU general manager Ravi Sawani admitted to not knowing what a 'bracket' was during the Southwark spot-fixing trial? Surely once would have been enough.
I am a cricket fan, which no doubt added to my interest, but I'm not a gambler and some of the intricacies of the betting markets went over my head. No matter, it doesn't detract from the thrill of it. If you are into cricket and/or gambling you simply have to read this.
If you aren't a fan of either there's a good chance you'll be gripped by it anyway.
What Ed Hawkins does well is to get inside the day to day grind of being an illegal bookie in India and to help the reader understand the structure of the Indian (and hence global) illegal bookmaking industry. From the syndicates at the top, to local errand boys picking up and depositing cash with clandestine money transfer agents.
Beyond this little can be taken as fact. Much of the book has the feeling of overhearing secretive whispers. Any names dropped are replaced with XXXX XXXX to protect the author from being sued for libel. Although you are given some information there is simply no way to verify the integrity of what has been said.
If you want a solid introduction to the whos and whats of illegal cricket bookmaking at the lowest level in India then this book is a must read and i would recommend it as such.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story, really well told. A must for anyone interested in cricket or gambling or both
Very biased account of spot fixing and the cancer that has infested Cricket . It is really an overblown newspaper article which has two prime sources who are Indian... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Khalil Rehman
Fascinating insight into this ongoing problem of corruption in cricket and given the inhibitions of the laws of libel, a very forceful pointer to the murky behaviour beneath the... Read morePublished 19 months ago by D L Stewart
Long magazine article really. The India-Pak semi final the author goes on about is a terrible example. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Mandrake
you get to truly understand the ugly side of a wonderful sport. well researched and extremely eye opening. try it.Published on 10 Nov. 2014 by Richard Turner
As a cricket coach and follower of cricket, I was dismayed to think that there was so much corruption in the game. What a shame! Well researched and presented.Published on 13 Oct. 2014 by Duncan Hepburn