IPL spotfixing: Use Tendulkar, Dravid, Dhoni to educate players on corruption, says Gavaskar

Former Indian Test opener feels 'men on the ground' should be used to talk to players so that they are not lured by bookies.

Updated: May 18, 2013 09:21 IST
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Sunil Gavaskar suggests that the Board of Control for Cricket in India should utilize the services "men on the ground" to educate players across the country to refrain from indulging in corruption.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India already has an anti-corruption and an anti-doping unit to educate players about the ill-effects of match-fixing or similar scandals. Also read: Sreesanth, Chavan, Chandila have confessed: Delhi Police to NDTV

In an exclusive chat with NDTV on Friday, Gavaskar said the BCCI should try and use men like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Anil Kumble to reach out to players. Midnight chase through the streets of Bandra led to Sreesanth's arrest

"It's simply because they are men on the ground and spend a considerable amount of time in the dressing room with so many players. If they speak to them, some players may not go astray," Gavaskar said.

The original Little Master, who has been on IPL's Governing Council, admits it will be impossible to eradicate the menace of match-fixing completely.

"Human beings will always be human beings. There will always be a few who will not be able to resist temptation. But at least the extent of things like fixing matches may reduce," Gavaskar said.

Gavaskar is against any penalty on Rajasthan Royals. "Why should the team suffer because of three players? As a team they haven't done anything wrong. In two of three matches where the alleged spot-fixing took place, Rajasthan won," Gavaskar pointed out.

On a lighter note, Gavaskar compared the IPL to the Indian Parliament and the country's often-controversial political system.

On being asked if the IPL should ban teams whose players were caught for match-fixing, Gavaskar asked: "Does the Parliament shut down if a party is caught for scandals? Is a political party banned because one of its members have been caught in a scandal?"

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