Corruption in the IPL May 31, 2013

Tendulkar shocked by corruption scandal

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sachin Tendulkar has called the developments in Indian cricket over the last fortnight - the spot-fixing charges against three Rajasthan Royals players and betting charges against top Chennai Super Kings official Gurunath Meiyappan - "shocking and disappointing". Tendulkar is the first current Indian cricketer to comment on the issue - via a statement - and he said the sport needed to repay the faith the fans invested in the game.

"It has always hurt me when the game of cricket is in the news for the wrong reasons. The developments in the last two weeks have been shocking and disappointing," Tendulkar said. "As cricketers we are always taught to go out, fight hard, give our very best and play in the true spirit of the game. During this difficult phase, I join every cricketer, from the boys in the maidaans [fields] across the country to those who represent clubs, states and the country, who trust the authorities to take sincere steps to get to the root of the issue.

"The faith reposed by the millions of fans should be justified and we owe it to them to ensure that Indian cricket is all about pride and joy."

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also said he hoped that politics would be kept separate from sport. "Not prudent to comment while investigations are underway," he said. "I hope that sport doesn't get mixed up with politics."

Former India batsman VVS Laxman had also said the issues of corruption in the IPL were "distressing".

"It's very disappointing," Laxman had said. "The last two weeks have been quite distressing and a feeling of anguish was definitely there. I hope the various investigations done by the police in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai come to a logical conclusion, and more importantly the cause of this problem is erased. It is very important because just for some greedy players, the credibility of the rest of the players should not be affected. I think it is a very important issue and I am sure it will be cleaned up very soon."

The India captain MS Dhoni had said in Birmingham on Thursday that he did not feel that the reputation of Indian cricket had "gone" as a result of the scandals in the IPL. Dhoni had said he would not speak on the issue until the time was right because he wanted to keep the squad shielded from distractions during the Champions Trophy.

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  • Keith on June 2, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    The most remarkable thing about this report on Sachin's comments is the degree to which respondents here are willing to challenge his motives and analyse the limitations of what he has said. I find it unprecedented! Before this, it would have all been about SRT being a legendary sportsman and brilliant ambassador for cricket. Now see what the progressive disintegration of cricket governance and its impact on the trust of supporters everywhere, but particularly in India itself, has accomplished. In point of fact, I must agree with those who focus on the shortcomings of what SRT has done (or not done) thus far. Now that he is no less than an MP, and must surely be on the cusp of a well-deserved retirement from all forms of the cricket, this moment represents a golden opportunity for the Little Master to truly master this crisis, and lead cricket out of a very dark place into the light of a new day. Mr Tendulkar, sir, please to call to order the Cricket Constitutional Convention!

  • karthik on June 1, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    The Rajya Sabha member is shocked.

  • indika on June 1, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Great people live and act with a dignity and Sachin is in that caliber and this is his second or third experience of such a pathetic issue. Hats -off for you great man. you will resemble the true sportsman of not only India but also entire sports world.

  • Don on June 1, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Along with SMG, RS lets also add Harsha Bhogle. He has gained his reputation for being a "sincere and honest" commentator, but has squandered it away by toeing the BCCI line.

  • Parthiban on June 1, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    I am shocked that he is shocked.

  • Ravishankar on June 1, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    A statement that conveys nothing and almost for the sake of making one. No insights, no linking to time when he was captain to Azhar, Prabhakar in Australia. He might have as well kept mum.

  • vishal on June 1, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    Find another Sachin in the history or ever in the future of cricket.. Never! He always played for the country and you will find many like that but one thing sets him apart is he always had the fans on his sleeves when he was out there. For example, dhoni is revered in India but he doesn't care more about fans then lets say sreesanth. Sachin is just sachin!

  • Dummy4 on May 31, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    Too much money. Ban betting and all this goes away

  • Dummy4 on May 31, 2013, 23:10 GMT

    @Posted by Kulaputra on (May 31, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

    Tendulkar is the first current Indian cricketer to comment on the issue - via a statement - and he said the sport needed to repay the faith the fans invested in the game.

    How Dravid, Bedi, and Amarnath are current Indian cricketers?

  • Navin on May 31, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    Look you need to be off the BCCI payroll to comment against them or else have guts to do it knowing you could be taken out of the BCCI employment. After all money talks. Where are SMG, RS, and KD gone now, are they not getting paid off. When last time KD did something against BCCI, he was told no payment for his loyal services to the country, left out of big payment to all former crickters unless agree to certain terms.

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