N. Srinivasan is Answerable for Keeping Mum on Betting: Sunil Gavaskar

N. Srinivasan has been reported by the Mudal probe panel for not taking action against people who were involved with betting during IPL 2013.

Updated: November 19, 2014 00:20 IST
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Gavaskar (L) with Srinivasan at the Pataudi Lecture in 2012.


New Delhi: Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar has hit out at Gurunath Meiyyapan, son-in-law of ICC president N. Srinivasan, over his involvement in betting and also questioned the Tamil Nadu strongman's silence in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting issue. (BCCI Puts Off AGM Again, Awaits Court Verdict on Srinivasan, Sundar Raman)

"The full force of the law must come down on Meiyyapan," Gavaskar told India Today Group in Melbourne.

Gavaskar said Srinivasan needs to explain why he did not act against players if he knew they were involved in fixing.

"There are reports which say the Mudgal committee report has found that Srinivasan knew about betting but did not do anything about it. Srinivasan should answer for why he did not act if he knew that a player was guilty," Gavaskar said.

Gavaskar was in Australia at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend a special reception at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, which was hosted by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot.

Several Indian and Australian cricketing legends such as Kapil Dev, VVS Laxman, Steve Waugh, Glenn McGrath, Allan Border and Jason Gillespie also attended the reception on Tuesday.

Gavaskar said that there should be zero tolerance against match-fixing and betting and if any player is found guilty of having participated in wrong acts then he should be jailed and his entire cricketing history deleted from the record books.

Gavaskar said, "New Zealand has come up with a new law on betting which says that guilty players will be jailed. India should have the same law." (Also read: Will Act of "Cover Up" Amount to Misdemeanour? Srinivasan Fate in Supreme Court's Hands Now | Top 10 developments)

The former captain also suggested that the government should think about legalising betting in India.

"A lot of betting happens through black money. But if you open official betting shop, Government will be able to increase its revenues. It's like prohibition, if someone wants to bet illegally, they will. Government should think about legalising betting," said Gavaskar. (Read: Dhoni's Stand on Meiyappan Contradicted by Mudgal Report)

The cricket legend sought to draw a distinction between team owners who were found guilty of betting and players, saying that players should not be punished till the time it can be established that the owner of the team influenced the player.

Speaking about India's forthcoming tour of Australia, Gavaskar said that he felt that the Indian team would face a very tough time.

"Indian players will need to be patient. They will need to keep extravagant shots in their pockets when they play in Australia. This is not T20 or One-day Internationals. Australian pitches are the best to bat on but the players have to be patient."

Meanwhile, Gavaskar also shared some lighter moments with Prime Minister Modi while the World Cup and Border-Gavaskar trophies were being displayed for the two PMs of the two countries.

"When the photo opportunity was on, I saw Modi was holding the World Cup trophy. Abbot held the Border-Gavaskar trophy. I told the PM that you are holding the right trophy. This is the one we want next year. India already holds the Border-Gavaskar trophy, we don't need it just now."

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