The current Lord's test has been one of the most thrilling I can remember, and Stuart Broad and Jonathan Trott set a fantastic new world record for an 8th wicket stand. Yet now that record (and England's victory) must surely be wiped from the books because the News of the World paid to have 3 no balls bowled during the innings.
Now, I have no sympathy for the Pakistani players involved, it's shameful that they took this money and yes, sanctions must follow.
But my real hatred is reserved for the NotW, the scummiest part of Murdoch's Empire of Sleaze. There is no evidence that anyone else rigged this match, no evidence that there would have beeen any cheating without their involvement, no reason to believe that Trott & Broad wouldn't have batted just as resolutely and skillfully and still turned the match and broken the record without their loathesome intervention. They found and exposed a human weakness - offered lots of money for almost no effort, people will often take it. No news there, really. But why not do it in a meaningless game, a One-Day match that will in any case be forgotten in a week's time? Why spoil the deciding test of a fascinating series?