The only way David Beckham could possibly be more successful is if he found a cure for cancer and developed a method of space travel using an empty bottle of wine and some orange peel. Throughout his soccer career he’s achieved more than most players could ever dream of, winning a whopping six Premier League titles, two FA Cups, a Champions League crown with Manchester United, and a La Liga title with Real Madrid. Though he’s never led England to major international glory, he’s their all-time leading captain with 59 caps, and is the only English player to score in three separate World Cups. That was certainly enough for the Queen, who made Beckham an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2003. The two-time runner-up for the FIFA World Player of the Year is also a member of the English Football Hall of Fame, and was named to Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2008. Add to that the two MLS cups he’s taken home in the last two years and Becks has quite the resume. Now, set to move to Paris, he might just take home another championship in his third country.
Spot-fixing involves a player agreeing to perform to order by pre-arrangement. For example, a bowler might deliberately bowl consecutive wides in his second over or a batsman could make sure he does not reach double figures.
Twenty20 cricket is particularly susceptible because so much happens so quickly that individual performances can soon be forgotten or dismissed as inconsequential.