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A marketplace response to corruption

Tom Fox | April 17, 2018

Perhaps the largest-ever ball-tampering scandal in the sport of Australian cricket—one involving the very highest levels of the Australian national Cricket team—has embroiled the entire country for the past few weeks. The scandal was around a scheme to scuff the ball on a piece of yellow sandpaper, hidden in the pants pocket of a bowler, Cameron Bancroft. (Scuffing the ball makes it harder to hit.) He was instructed to do so by (now former) team captain Steve Smith and (now former) vice-captain David Warner. All three have been thrown off the team. 

While there has been incessant debate in Australia over the team’s and former captain's and vice-captain’s actions, one of the things that most struck me was the reaction of the Australian business community and indeed the marketplace. It was their collective response that has some significant implications and applications to the global struggle against bribery and...

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