Michael at the Ven a Gozar blog has weighed in on the cricket argument, not to mention athletics and baseball. He explores integrity throughout the post but this paragraph was worth its weight in gold.
In the current state of sports, people are willing to give up everything for the money. How much money do these people need to accumulate before they can like who they see in the mirror? How much money is needed before a family member, or friend can look at someone who is a liar, and a cheat decide it is okay because they made enough money that they are beyond it all now.
Not only can you not buy integrity, you can’t buy it back later. This helped me formulate an argument for those who debate whether there’s room for integrity in professional sport.
Heroes are made by accepting risk. If you might lose your spot on the team and the dollars associated with it, that is the risk the hero must take. Refusing the call is refusing to act heroically. People risk their jobs around the world every day by standing up to corrupt leaders and choosing the high road instead of the company line. It is a shame that these cricketers on the world stage are choosing not to do the same.