Corruption in the IPL May 31, 2013

Tendulkar shocked by corruption scandal

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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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  • Kirk-at-Lords 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!

  • truebleue_cricfan on June 1, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    The Rajya Sabha member is shocked.

  • shiro1019 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.

  • shrimati_bradman 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.

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

    I am shocked that he is shocked.

  • rshanx 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.

  • vish2020 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!

  • on May 31, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    Too much money. Ban betting and all this goes away

  • 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?

  • NCP1 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.

  • Kirk-at-Lords 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!

  • truebleue_cricfan on June 1, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    The Rajya Sabha member is shocked.

  • shiro1019 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.

  • shrimati_bradman 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.

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

    I am shocked that he is shocked.

  • rshanx 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.

  • vish2020 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!

  • on May 31, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    Too much money. Ban betting and all this goes away

  • 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?

  • NCP1 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.

  • on May 31, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    Sachin... hats off, someone has the mocksy to display their sentiments about whats going on. Only a great can show some of that attitude. As for Dhoni, i have always known him for being the politically correct chap, so why expect anything from him, he is not an investigator or a top official. i just believe they (the police) should round up all the involved parties and just slam them behind titanium bars. No matter how big the names are. Its just fair to say 'sachin has some and dhoni doest'

  • bvnathan on May 31, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    Contd... 'Corruption' is deeply rooted in our system. Be it politicians, high ranking govt officials, govt. agencies, policeman, and even the employment practices in all the business run by Indians/NRIs etc. Everyone feels that 'System in India' is fool-proof for their malpractices, that goes on every day. For e.g. a simple question and challenge to all readers in this forum - next time when you break rule in traffic violations, are you ready to accept the charges and pay penalty OR would you like to go scot-free by bribing the officials in charge. Turn yourself a leaf and see what changes you can make to eradicate the system of CORRUPTION. Agreed, corrupt practices are aplenty all over the world, but then it is left to the INDIVIDUAL to determine WHAT IS RIGHT & WRONG and whether they want to go thru the HARASSMENT of not offering any bribe - be it for your license, PP, ration card, getting your pension approved etc. etc. the LIST GOES ON... JAI HIND

  • bvnathan on May 31, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    Players of the caliber of Sachin, Rahul VVS, Dhoni, Anil Kumble etc. (and many others who value self respect, integrity) and take pride in playing the game and representing the country, will not succumb to the invitations of the bookies. What Sachin has quoted above, truly should reflect in the genes of the players who dream of playing the game in the right spirit and bring glory not only to themselves but also for the 1 Billion+ people they represent when they don the national colors. As an individual, if players are feeling prey with the easy money on the offering, it reflects on their personal character and integrity. Either it is their GREED for opulence or falling easy PREY and VICTIMS to the temptations of their close friends/associates. No matter how good are the players for the team or club they represent, they should be banned and barred from any selection process to play the game. Let this be a STRONG MESSAGE to the budding players, who want to emulate their heroes. Contd...

  • on May 31, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    @ Kulaputra.. dravid is retired and not a CURRENT INDIAN PLAYER. So the article is factually right.

  • Philly.rocks on May 31, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    @Those who critisize Sachin. Sachin a symbol of cricket and symbol of honesty. He does not manipulated by anyone. If you guys has seen, no other cricketers evenopened the mouth on this saga except Sachin. I would say he opened his mouth no matter whether its 1st day, 2nd day or 7th day. He is Sachin and by sharing his views of shock, he stands on our side of regular public. I dont see anything wrong with that. I am surprised to see the always outspoken duo Gavaskar and Shastri as quiet on this issue.

  • rogues13 on May 31, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    To all the "Great Scholars" commenting why Tendulkar is Shocked now, He is just saying the the whole scandal was shocking...no where is it implied that he is in a shock right now.......i dont know what you guys knew beforehand, but when the news did come out, i was also both Shocked as well as disappointed....that is a natural reaction

  • ZDNH on May 31, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    Sachin is the only contracted BCCI player to have commented against BCCI. I hope he takes this further and doesn't hold back. I am thoroughly disappointed in Gavaskar, who once was the leading voice of Indian cricket...

  • on May 31, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    It must hurt for players like SRT, Dravid, Kumble to have worn the India flag on their hearts and given all they had every time in the field to have their own colleagues being involved in bribery scandals. I wouldn't care much about the naysayers on this forum, they have to find fault whatever Tendulkar does or doesn't.

  • jackthelad on May 31, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    Tendulkar clearly doesn't feel he has any further future in the IPL, but his heartfelt statement is valuable and will speak to many, many Indian cricket fans; there is a deep well of corruption here - I fancy we have only skimmed the surface so far - and all my respect to Schin for standing up and speaking loud about the values of this greatest game; it is too fine to be ruined by corporate money and criminal graft.

  • on May 31, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    every cricketers who represent now and past years should sound like Sachin to make the cricket Board to take strict action to curb such mal-practice and make the game pure, and all cricket followers should have feelings that they watch clean games in future.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on May 31, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    It seems like Sachin cant do anything in this country without some people finding fault with it ! what do they expect from sachin ? that he goes out and do the job BCCI and police should have done in the first place ?? come on guys give him a break.. same people would have blamed him if he kept quiet , now that he said something they think its too late , as if that would make any difference

  • srikanthGM on May 31, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Kudo's to Sachin for his statement. No one can doubt Sachin's intent good heart and great love and respect for the game. I understand that other than express his dismay and outrage he can't make or criticize any entity or person directly. BUT he could have been more strong in his words. Laxman also hasn't said enough. It's high time famous and great cricketers realize the need of the hour (from a fans perspective) and become more bold and responsible. No need to clean entire country, strive to keep Cricket clean. Hoped Gavaskar would do the honors. Guess after all these days I am just hoping for a honest to earth article from Ian Chappell. Have to say, among all darkness Cricinfo has been a beacon of light.

  • Kulaputra on May 31, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    The article is factually wrong. The first legend to speak out was Rahul Dravid who compared this to a bereavement. Stop going overboard in praise of SRT. There are a lot of flatterers around SRT already. Need not add to it. He has only reacted after there was a lot of criticism from B S Bedi and M Amarnath K Azad.

    At least, SRT has chosen to speak. The biggest disappointment is SMG, whom I have always idolised as the one person wearing India flag on his sleeve and heart at all times !!!

  • JGreaves on May 31, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    I can understand the comments of those who feel that Tendulkar should have spoken out earlier on this subject and, perhaps more importantly, on various other controversial matters over the years. However, that is to ignore the very likely consequences of his doing so. As in many other countries - yes, and in England - so it is in India. We would have been deprived of seeing much of the great man's accomplishments and the world of cricket would have been far worse for that. The IPL final has just taken place and it was hardly ever likely that the most senior Mumbai Indian player was going to speak out before its conclusion. I would imagine that Tendulkar has had to think long and hard before speaking out, and he has done so carefully and correctly. Furthermore, we should not be accusing a decent man of knowing more than he admits without the slightest shred of evidence.

  • on May 31, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    We know Sachin's reactions are slowing down with age - but more than a week to get shocked ? ...OR was he waiting for formal approval from N Srinivasan before getting shocked ?

  • poetryinmotion on May 31, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    This is very funny. Oh Mr. Tendulkar, it's the players who fixed matches and not the board. Kindly direct your appeal to the players to be honest and do the right thing instead of asking the administrators to do this and that....what a joke!

  • Philly.rocks on May 31, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    Where is Gavaskar and Shastri? Why are they silent on such a crucial issue? I have seen them always overspoken, but not when the cricket in India is incricis as it is now? Is it because they are afraid of their paid contract with BCCI? Shame!

  • on May 31, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    Sachin is being naive in saying he is shocked no matter what you do or make laws the bookies will find a way to play around and there will always be players who will do what they want them to do and with millions involved and the bread and butter of thousands associated with the game it will NEVER go away

  • WikiSanRoze on May 31, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    @RSRD @screamingeagle Thanks, you guys are right. I read it all wrong. Probably its Mr Singh who should realise that he mixed politics with cricket. :)

  • EverybodylovesSachin on May 31, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Sachin and everybody like myself were shocked the day first of the scandal and other developments. it does not mean that he was slient and please leave him alone and not to find his faults all the time on this section..

  • on May 31, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    None of the cricketers will speak out against the authorities who are today squarely responsible for this mess They know what has happened to those who rose against them Their post retirement pensions ,financial rewards as well as assignments came to a full stop Ask Kapil Dev, Kiran More and a host of others

  • Peter_Walters on May 31, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Guts is not just facing fast bowling. It is all about facing tough situations in life and speaking about it with integrity. Sachin is no different from our politicians. He places money above anthing.

  • on May 31, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    When Sachin took oath as Rajya Sabha MP, he said ""Whatever I am today is because of cricket and I strongly believe that. Today, with the nomination as Rajya Sabha member, I think I am in a better position not only to help cricket but also other sports in the country which is really important and means a lot to me. And I will try my best to help other sports,". Lets hope Sachin will help using his MP power(if any) to bring out truth in this scandal for the million people wasted time for love of the sport.

  • on May 31, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    What at least now you are shocked.wonder why so quiet so far.

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 31, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    All prominent Indian Cricketers along with the skipper Dhoni should take leaf outta Sangakkara's book. I remember how Sangakkara took on SLC in his Cowdrey Lecture by putting his career on the line. I think these cricketers should be the voice of 1 billion+ Indians. Why are they so afraid speak their mind ?

  • on May 31, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    It looks, Sachin is planning to retire from all forms of competitive cricket, soon. Otherwise, he wouldn't have followed up with Laxman's, open and candid views so soon.

    Please don't blame all the other current players about their silence. They just can't afford. We have seen how cussed, iron-fisted and self-seeking the guys who wield power in Indian cricket are.

    Anyway, thanks to both: Laxman & Sachin (both of whom will not get any juicy contracts from BCCI, similar two past greats of Indian cricket are holding now). At least till the current dispensers of power & pelf hold on to their positions.

  • Thyagu5432 on May 31, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Why is he getting shocked after a week?

  • thinkgood on May 31, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    Why now Mr. Sachin - after 3 weeks of silence?

  • AqeelAsghar on May 31, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    shocked??? funny! it was nothing new in IPL.

  • GRVJPR on May 31, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    It would have been better for Indian Sports if sachin had spoken more in past on such matters. Till now he has been like one of those quite gentlemen's. In India, it is theory going around that if you express yourself then you are a bad fellow. Ask Mr. Kohli who has been expressive and hence the target of so many people who want him out of Indian cricket team.

  • statsindia on May 31, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Anyone following cricket will know betting happens and as a Indian cricket fan we always pray our players are not involved. So a player who has played for 25 years saying it is a shock for him is defenitely a big SHOCK for cricket lovers. Most of fans knew spot fixing happens in IPL so we will not belive if Tendulkar says he is not aware of it. Spot Fixing will only stop if senior cricketers identifies them instead they are closing their eyes. Today Trivedi has come forward and he needs to be appreciated. He has done something which this cricketer did not do for 25 years.

  • Sameer-hbk on May 31, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Moreover, it seems Sachin has accepted at a very early stage in his career that they best way for him to pursue the love of his life is by not taking on institutions in India. Just like, Greg Chappel said, "You raise your head above and it gets shot". As an Indian, there is plenty of truth to that. Seems like SRT decided that the best way to let his genius thrive is by not doing so. He never participated in anything remotely dubious, but always protected himself from standing up against powers to be. And it worked well for 25 years as a survival strategy couple with his skill! This is not even remotely a hit on the man. Being a SRT fan for more than 20 years, I am still proud of a him as a sporting hero. But, just think, If he was an Imran Khan styled bold and outspoken leader, would Indian politicians give him a direct access to the halls of parliament?

  • liaqathussain on May 31, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    Since the IPL has started the whispers began and I can say I believe the men caught are just the tip of the iceberg, I believe its much more bigger then most think,

    and a lot more players in the ipl are involved in these dodgy dealings

  • on May 31, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Feeling sorry for u sir...........u r the only honest cricketer of the world.Salute

  • Sameer-hbk on May 31, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Obviously no matter what Sachin says or does well ever be good enough for a certain section of people. On the field, if he gets a hundred, they complain about not getting more. If he scores a double, its not fast enough. Off field, whatever he says is either 'too little' or ''too late' or 'too meek'. But, even as a Sachin fan, in this case I must agree that its a bit 'too little'. The issue is not so much with his intent, but what seems to be 'Sachin, the man'. We all want our hero to come out with a 'flashing blade as he fights for good even off the cricket field'. SRT is not that man. He is the best in his chosen craft and a honest and level-headed guy. Traits hard to find in many other top sports stars. But that is all. As much as we want him to be an 'enforcer' off field, don't think he ever will be one. Charity or a good cause, sure. Taking on people and organizations, not likely anytime soon!

  • on May 31, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    I can understand why there is silence from contracted players but why there is silence from other stalwarts. may be they are also on payroll of BCCI, hence no comments. I had high regard for Kumble& Dravid. But their silence is deafening. Money& power has lot of say in this. But even their silence says something that they can not really defend BCCI as it will be against their conscience.

  • cjscanada on May 31, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    @chin-music, so called legend? I guess your statements are a testimony to your psyche. One way or the other guys like you have problems, is this jealousy or plain ignorance? Check out stats and articles by people who understand cricket, being an armchair critic is easy but not equipped with knowledge is equivalent to the sound of an empty vessel.

  • Teachers on May 31, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    As ag2013 says, sports and politics are interwoven in the fabric of the sub continent. But let us not forget that so is corruption, it is an integral part of the culture. Let us not hide behind the fact that corruption exists in other countries as well, it certainly does, but let us also look at the numbers. More players/officials/umpires/sports administrators from the sub continent have been investigated and convicted of fraud than anywhere else. Let us also not pretend that the wage structure for people from the sub continent are less than that of overseas players....everybody who plays in the IPL gets paid by what they are worth. Greed and corruption does not take into consideration how much one is paid. Greed is acted out when one sees the opportunity to take unfair advantage out of a situation for self gain. Greed is not motivated by need.

  • RSRD on May 31, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    "I hope that sport doesn't get mixed up with politics." says the man who was appointed as a member of parliament for his achievements in sports.

    @WikiSanRoze, I didn't know Manmohan Singh was appointed as an MP because of sports. I've always known him as a politician .

  • screamingeagle on May 31, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    @Wikisanroze, those words were by the PM not Sachin. Read before you type :)

  • VB_Says on May 31, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Not sure what is so shocking, disappointing and distressing? As a cricket fan & citizen of this country, I am more disappointed that players have not taken a firm stand against such administrative blunder and defiance thereafter. Players who received money are behind bars, what about all those who paid them. Plus, those that directly allowed such nonsence to happen in their own backyard.

  • ms2000 on May 31, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Sachin, you are not only the greatest Batsmen the world ever produced but you are a gentelmen in every aspect. You are one of the few todays Crickeets who can always look back and say" im not guilty" Good luck to yu Master.

  • Mill1 on May 31, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    I too do not understand the comments by the Indian Prime Minister. Surely one of the biggest problems in Indian Cricket has been that it is run by politicians rather than people who actually have an interest in the development of the game. They should be focussing on get these politicians out. They have destroyed Test cricket in India already, and the development of youth players has been appalling. You only have to look at India's recent results outside of the sub-continent to see they have been on a downward path.

  • WikiSanRoze on May 31, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    "I hope that sport doesn't get mixed up with politics." says the man who was appointed as a member of parliament for his achievements in sports. Irony, thy name is India!!

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 31, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    To be honest, I'm sick of seeing this "IPL corruptions" on the front page. Pls move it to the IPL page. There are more important things going around, like the Champions Trophy n Eng - NZ series. Give your priorities for those events. We're not interested in whats happening inside the BCCI. This is cricinfo not indiainfo. Thank you very much !!

  • chin-music on May 31, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    After all the sordid goings-on of last 2 weeks, this is all that the so-called "legend" has to say ! Too little , too late does not even begin to describe this. A telling comment on our national psyche is that even now brainwashed fans will see this as some sort of "bold statement".

  • on May 31, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    SRT you need to play test cricket !!! So Dont play against Srinivas and Co !!!!

  • muthu4664 on May 31, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Alteast he have some guts to express his thoughts on IPL drama.But we need to understand all the players including Dhoni are contracted players of BCCI.They need to abide instruction from BCCI.Sachin being at last stage of his career will not get affected. Hope BCCI respects expectation of Billions of Fans who wants the clear all the scandals affecting Cricket in India. Let's pray & hope for the betterment of cricket.

  • xylo on May 31, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    After watching Tehelka's expose on the 80's spot fixing on YouTube, as much as I admire Tendulkar's tenacity to rise above corruption, I cannot but feel sad that he did not expose his teammates after knowing first-hand about their deeds.

  • satishchandar on May 31, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    I don't think it would have been tough for Dhoni to answer had the question simply been "What is your view on the fixing scandal".. But the questions arise from different sides on different matters where Dhoni wouldn't be the right person to answer them.. And, whatever answer he provide will create more tension for him.. So no comparison between Sachin/VVS answers with Dhoni's not answering..

  • bulletbobs on May 31, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    I feel nobody is above cricket. Sachin and Dravid and Ganguly were there when Azar and Jadeja were involved in fixing. So, I wud say put somebody nuetral who dont have to deal with players or cricket as the head of the anti corruption unit.

  • ag2013 on May 31, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    "I hope that sport doesn't get mixed up with politics" - This is exactly the problem, not only with cricket, but with all sports administration in India. This is what needs to change.

  • on May 31, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Bravo! Last man standing, first man speaking!

  • Byju_1981 on May 31, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Two situations:

    Sachin (before retiring from IPL): It is shocking. Mr. X: You should come out of the IPL and say this. This is too early.

    Sachin: (after retiring from IPL): It is shocking Mr. X: You should have said this before retiring from IPL. This is too late!

  • on May 31, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    bravo sachin. all cricketers should stand up on this issue

  • Naseer.HKG on May 31, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    What a hypocritical comment by Indian prime minister" "I hope that sport doesn't get mixed up with politics" one must Ask if this was the case Mr. prime Minister why is it that the most sort after and mouth watering rivalry in the cricketing world (ind- Pak bilateral Series) is being subjected to the political pressure and interference from the Indian Government.... Double standards !!!

  • sarath141 on May 31, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    These kind of words are most welcome from the stalwart given the Indian Cricket's condition. I hope every one joins the party and give bold statements so that BCCI would not the things granted!

  • siddhartha87 on May 31, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Agreed to SRT. Now it feels we just wasted our time in watching IPL. Cricket is more than just a game here in India. I hope all the culprits would be punished severely no matter who are they.

  • SpeedCricketThrills on May 31, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    Mr Tendulkar, get real! Which honest guy doesn't feel sad?

    We expect you to get out of the comfort zone of generalities and tell us your thoughts on:

    1) Amendment made in BCCI constitution to accommodate Srinivasan's desire to own an IPL team

    2) Whether BCCI office bearers should own an IPL team or not, going forward. The present laws will tempt every office bearer to have some stake in a team. And when IPL is expanded to more teams, more office bearers will have stakes. This will make it no different from horse racing

    3) Your thoughts on MCA supporting Srinivasan? Your thoughts on Srinivasan's "I owe no explanation to anyone" attitude, and his brand of ethics and morals?

  • Hemanth590 on May 31, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    As and Always I have only trusted SAchin, Dravid, ganguly, Dhoni and a few other Seniors to have not been involved in Match fixing and other controversies... I feel as Sachin and Dravid have the highest honour's in Indian Cricket, they should be made the leaders of an Anti-Corruption team to Check on On-Off Field Controversies and Fixing stuff... We regards them and i feel they shud be involved in gettin Indian Cricket including IPL back to Track...This Kind of Stuff is a Shame to Indian Cricket.... I wud say get them on and get the Trust back in Indian Cricket....

  • Haleos on May 31, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Well done Sachin. Being your fan for so long has paid off. Hope other cricketers follow suit.

  • WristyFlick101 on May 31, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Hope the days of Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman, Kumble will be back soon.

  • on May 31, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    This is very late Mr sachin , U may have raised ur voice before retiring but this is too late , Nothing to be shocked now, too late from my point of view

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  • on May 31, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    This is very late Mr sachin , U may have raised ur voice before retiring but this is too late , Nothing to be shocked now, too late from my point of view

  • WristyFlick101 on May 31, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Hope the days of Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman, Kumble will be back soon.

  • Haleos on May 31, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Well done Sachin. Being your fan for so long has paid off. Hope other cricketers follow suit.

  • Hemanth590 on May 31, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    As and Always I have only trusted SAchin, Dravid, ganguly, Dhoni and a few other Seniors to have not been involved in Match fixing and other controversies... I feel as Sachin and Dravid have the highest honour's in Indian Cricket, they should be made the leaders of an Anti-Corruption team to Check on On-Off Field Controversies and Fixing stuff... We regards them and i feel they shud be involved in gettin Indian Cricket including IPL back to Track...This Kind of Stuff is a Shame to Indian Cricket.... I wud say get them on and get the Trust back in Indian Cricket....

  • SpeedCricketThrills on May 31, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    Mr Tendulkar, get real! Which honest guy doesn't feel sad?

    We expect you to get out of the comfort zone of generalities and tell us your thoughts on:

    1) Amendment made in BCCI constitution to accommodate Srinivasan's desire to own an IPL team

    2) Whether BCCI office bearers should own an IPL team or not, going forward. The present laws will tempt every office bearer to have some stake in a team. And when IPL is expanded to more teams, more office bearers will have stakes. This will make it no different from horse racing

    3) Your thoughts on MCA supporting Srinivasan? Your thoughts on Srinivasan's "I owe no explanation to anyone" attitude, and his brand of ethics and morals?

  • siddhartha87 on May 31, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Agreed to SRT. Now it feels we just wasted our time in watching IPL. Cricket is more than just a game here in India. I hope all the culprits would be punished severely no matter who are they.

  • sarath141 on May 31, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    These kind of words are most welcome from the stalwart given the Indian Cricket's condition. I hope every one joins the party and give bold statements so that BCCI would not the things granted!

  • Naseer.HKG on May 31, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    What a hypocritical comment by Indian prime minister" "I hope that sport doesn't get mixed up with politics" one must Ask if this was the case Mr. prime Minister why is it that the most sort after and mouth watering rivalry in the cricketing world (ind- Pak bilateral Series) is being subjected to the political pressure and interference from the Indian Government.... Double standards !!!

  • on May 31, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    bravo sachin. all cricketers should stand up on this issue

  • Byju_1981 on May 31, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Two situations:

    Sachin (before retiring from IPL): It is shocking. Mr. X: You should come out of the IPL and say this. This is too early.

    Sachin: (after retiring from IPL): It is shocking Mr. X: You should have said this before retiring from IPL. This is too late!