Former Indian Test opener who has followed IPL since its inception in 2008, says the tournament is a great platform for players to showcase their talent and temptation to fix matches is counter-productive.
"You always expect the unexpected in T20 cricket", feels Sunil Gavaskar saying the allegations of spot-fixing by three Rajasthan Royals players, including for Indian pacer Sreesanth, has been "shocking."
Story first published on: Thursday, 16 May 2013 13:20
The original Little Master has also pooh-poohed allegations made by Sreesanth's parents that Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh were aiming to wreck their son's cricketing career.
"Mahi and Bhajji have better things to do. And in any case, Sreesanth is out of the Indian team," Gavaskar told NDTV is an exclusive chat on Thursday.
Gavaskar said: "If Sreesanth is out of the Indian team, it is because of cricketing reasons. Any other allegation is utter nonsense."
Saying that Sreesanth was the "not a popular" member of the Indian dressing room, Gavaskar called the Kerala bowler an "attention seeker" and "a little bit of distraction."
"I can understand where Sreesanth's parents are coming from. Their son has been out of the Indian team, had a few surgeries and working hard at his game. So as parents they may feel bad," Gavaskar explained.
While saying it was "too early" to nail the players till investigations were completed, Gavaskar was sad that some players were tempted to make a quick buck.
"It's a great platform for players to showcase their talent. They are even rewarded over-handsomely. But if players are tempted to fix games, it is shocking," Gavaskar said.
Gavaskar said he had been involved with the IPL since its inception in 2008. Saying he had never smelt a rat in the way the game has been played, Gavaskar said the tournament was clean.
"The format of the sport sees unorthodox strokes, but that's considered part of the game. I haven't' seen anything wishy-washy," he said.