The loss of innocence
"My message to the followers of cricket is keep following, keep loving this wonderful game."
This was the rallying call from Sir Ronnie Flanagan, the head of the ICC's anti-corruption unit, despite the jailing of three Pakistan cricketers and the agent Mazhar Majeed.
The message is great in theory - but in practice, just how easy is it going to be to convince cricket supporters that they are always watching sportsmen trying their very best?
The judge at Southwark Crown Court, Mr Justice Cooke, expressed his fear that cricket could be forever tainted by the scandal.
"Whenever in the future there are surprising events or results, followers of the game who have paid good money to watch it live or watch it on television will be left to wonder whether there has been fixing and whether what they have been watching is a genuine contest between bat and ball," he said.
Events at Southwark Crown Court have rocked the world of cricket. Picture: Reuters
I remember very clearly getting a call at around eight o'clock on the evening of Saturday, 28 August 2010 from one of my contacts telling me a big story was about to break in the News of the World.
I immediately called to warn correspondent Jonathan Agnew, but neither of us had any inclination just how shocking the revelations would prove to be. The BBC news that night was difficult to believe as the secret recordings were played alongside footage from the Test match.
I feel incredibly fortunate to have a job where I really look forward to going to work each day. But the following morning I remember turning up at Lord's with the overriding feeling of "what's the point?".
The atmosphere in the Test Match Special box was really strange that morning with commentators having no real idea of what to say. There were even debates about whether we should attempt a "normal" ball-by-ball commentary in the context of what was being alleged. The reason for this lack of enthusiasm was the feeling that if the cricketers weren't really trying - why should we?
It was such a shame because the day before had been one of my favourites as Test Match Special producer. On the face of it, the cricket had been highly dramatic with Jonathan Trott and Stuart Broad breaking numerous batting records before England's bowlers tore through Pakistan taking 14 wickets inside two sessions.
The TMS box was a lively and vibrant place that day with lots of visitors enjoying the cricket. At one point in the afternoon we had our "View from the Boundary" guest, dancer Anton Du Beke listening to pop group Scouting for Girls playing live, while Oscar-nominated actress Imelda Staunton arrived with a cake she had baked specially for the TMS team.
We had an eclectic mix of guests united by their love of the game. Innocently we thought they had fortuitously chosen a dramatic Test to watch. Little did we know that the match would be remembered for very different reasons.
For me it is this loss of innocence which is one of the saddest aspects of this whole story. What I love about sport is the drama and the unpredictability. When I turn up at a cricket match I love the feeling that anything can happen that day.
Teams can fight back from seemingly impossible positions or collapse when looking impregnable. But will we now always believe it? Already, broadcasters are becoming more and more suspicious.
In the TMS commentary box, I normally sit at a desk behind the broadcasters and I admit that more than a few times I have shared a knowing glance with a commentator when a "surprising" incident occurs. It is more than likely that such moments are not at all suspicious, but what is so sad is that we now have to question them.
And then there are the most important people - the supporters. I was talking in my last blog about the worrying trend of attendances falling at some international matches. I raised such issues as too much cricket, ticket prices and scheduling.
But could a factor be that fans want to be sure what they see is genuine? I am not suggesting for a moment that recent games are in question - but it is the perception which is the problem.
I want to keep loving this wonderful game - but the game may take some time to recover.