Cricket was never my cup of tea. The very first time I watched a complete match was in 2011, the world cup finals. I am pretty sure every Indian must have watched that match with keen interest. Well, otherwise I am not a cricket person. What made me pick this book was my curiosity to know about ‘The Scandal which shook the world’ as you can see on its cover.

Author: Sourabh Mukherjee

Genre: Non-fiction

Fomat: Kindle

Length: 47 pages

Published on: 15 June 2018

Published by: Srishti Publishers

The incidents mentioned in this book roots back to late 90’s. Things started to open up one after the other when Delhi Police brought allegations of match fixing against the then South African Captain Hansie Cronje in the year 2000. It took around 8 years from there for the situation to settle down and get the cricket world back to normal. Many cricket players including Indian players and some well known businesses men were involved in the match fixing scandal. All these brought great shame to the cricket world as well as respective Countries to which the players belonged to.


During the summer of 2000, Delhi Police brought allegations of match-fixing against the South African skipper Hansie Cronje. Though he denied the allegations to start with, Cronje later went on to reveal shocking truths. The confessions of a bookie in India then went on to shake the foundations of valour and gallantry that the game of cricket stands for. Before long, the scandal spread its tentacles all over the world. Crime Beyond 22 Yardsis a fast-paced reality thriller that throws light on the biggest international scandal in the game of cricket, how heroes turned overnight into villains, and how there was tragic redemption at the end of this sordid saga.

My Review

All the 47 pages in this book are filled with information. The author has compiled every possible information related to the scandal from various available sources and presented it in a chronological manner. It was a short and worth read for me.

Since I had no in-depth knowledge about those betting controversies, I literally had to google every single incident mentioned in the book. And that gave me much more insight about the scandal. I am very happy that I read this book. For a person like me, this book had a lot to offer.

Just look at the cover of the book. Isn’t it strong enough to catch your attention?

What to expect from this book?

  • A throwback towards the match fixing incidents that happened around the years 1993- 2000.
  • A compilation of news reports from various sources related to the scandal.

What NOT to expect from this book?

  • Detailed stories about people who were involved in the scandal.
  • In-depth analysis of allegations brought against various players and bookies.


My Rating


I recommend this book to every cricket lover as well as non-cricket lovers ?. Do give this small book a read. It is worth your time.

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Sourabh Mukherjee

Sourabh Mukherjee is the bestselling author of two psychological thriller novels ‘The Colours of Passion: Unravelling Dark Secrets behind the Limelight’ (Readomania, Aug 2017) and ‘In the Shadows of Death: A Detective Agni Mitra Thriller’ (Srishti, Dec 2015), as well as ‘Romance Shorts’ (2016), a collection of dark-romance short stories.

His books have received accolades from readers, book critics and the mainstream national media, the most prominent among them being The Times of India, The Hindu, Business Standard, The New Indian Express, Punjab Tribune, Yahoo India News, Zee News, The Free Press Journal, Absolute India Tabloid, Tahlka News, World News Network, Go-Getter, the Go-Air in-flight magazine, and Shubh Yatra, the Air India in-flight magazine.

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This book is reviewed as a part of Writersmelon’s review program.

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