Obviously the one big story around cricket at the moment is the 'spot fixing' betting scam that allegedly involves some Pakistan players. Unless I am mistaken these players are Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif along with Salman Butt (the captain) and potentially Kamran Akmal (their wicket-keeper, though I believe he's been cleared).
The initial feeling regarding this from my point of view isn't anger or anything like that, it is immense disappointment, which is why I am finding it hard to write about. World cricket is struggling for strength in depth at the moment, there are 5 or 6 good countries who play well but outside that there are the likes of Pakistan and the West Indies who are really struggling to live up to past glories. The game of cricket needs a strong Pakistan, the Pakistani people love the game and are of great benefit to world cricket.
Aamer is only 18 and looks like the best bowler in the world to me right now. It was absolutely frightening to watch, I rarely get excited when I see a non-Englishman play for the first time, but I did with him. However, if the allegations are proved true then this will pretty much ruin his career, I doubt he'd ever be allowed to play test cricket again. Who knows, he may have found himself pressured into a situation that he couldn't get out of and as a result his career is over? Hardly seems fair. The integrity of the game though needs to be preserved but this result would be so disappointing.
Butt and Asif have been two of Pakistan's key players recently, Asif has had a lot of previous problems and come through them whilst Butt has just been made captain.
Without home cricket after the tragedy of Sri Lanka's tour last year, and now the prospect of some of their heroes being banned for life, you have to wonder whether this generation of Pakistani youngsters will get involved with the game as they have in years gone by. It is totally possible to see them fall down the cricketing ladder, which would be a total shame and a loss to the world of cricket.