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'Integrity is non-negotiable' - Gavaskar

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April 17, 2014

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Sunil Gavaskar speaking at the MAK Pataudi Memorial Lecture, Chennai, February 20, 2013
Sunil Gavaskar: "I hope the fans would understand that there are a lot of honest players out there who go out and slog and sweat it out." © BCCI
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Sunil Gavaskar, the interim BCCI president for IPL affairs, has said that playing the game with integrity and honesty is critical, particularly amid the corruption allegations that have dogged the league. Gavaskar was speaking on the sidelines of the opening match of the T20 league between Kolkata and defending champions Mumbai in Abu Dhabi.

"Integrity is non-negotiable… You cannot compromise on integrity as far as any sport is concerned, particularly the IPL, because of what has happened last year," Gavaskar said. "It is therefore important to change the image and change the perception."

According to a BCCI release, Gavaskar stressed on the importance of playing the game according to the MCC Spirit of Cricket at the pre-season meeting with captains and coaches. He said that the image of the game should not be tarnished because of the acts of a few individuals.

"In my speech last night, I said that just because of a few people, the entire society doesn't get tarnished. Similarly, because of a couple of people, you must not tarnish the cricketing fraternity and the tournament.

"I hope the fans would understand that there are a lot of honest players out there who go out and slog and sweat it out and give their best. They try their best every single delivery, every single minute and you should have faith in them."

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Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (April 18, 2014, 14:19 GMT)

Thank you Sunny. My father used to worship your batting through the 70s and 80s. Now I worship your ethics and integrity with respect to cleaning up Indian cricket. The BCCI needs you sir. I hope the Hon. Supreme Court permanently puts you on the chair as the president for a complete tenure.

Posted by   on (April 18, 2014, 5:05 GMT)

Late 2000 saurav captained india, then team started winning overseas and made young match winners then like yuvi bhaji viru zak and off late even dhoni..so he knows how to handle man resource possibly for the best result. ..so give him chance to escalate india again to a new height. ...

Posted by   on (April 17, 2014, 22:41 GMT)

I think Dravid ,Kumble n Ganguly should be his three musketeers

Posted by BigINDFan on (April 17, 2014, 18:08 GMT)

Gavaskar is the right role model for the young players who found riches too soon and too easy compared to his generation. So with that comes the need for strong work ethics and discipline. He should ensure each team goes thru ethics training and do regular check ins on players and captains. BCCI should own IPL fully and partner with the franchise owners on financial terms but should set the ground rules. Dravid and Kumble should be brought into the BCCI and work with Gavaskar and Shivlal Yadav to clean up the mess.

Also IPL should change the rules a bit - rotate bowlers and fielders in the innings and coach should share that with the umpires just like basketball. This will make the game interesting and no prearranged plans before the game will work.

Posted by AB_DeVilliers on (April 17, 2014, 11:43 GMT)

It's difficult to see how a man of Gavaskar's stature was not roped into the BCCI earlier. Cricket India should look to individuals with seemingly good character and experience in the game, to take them forward. Notables are Gavaskar, Kumble, Dravid, etc.

Posted by OnlyKaps on (April 17, 2014, 10:52 GMT)

Sunil,

It is indeed heartening to hear those words from you. Partcularly in the vitiated atmosphere of today's cricket , one tends to look at every cricketer with a clouded eye. As an ex-Xaverian ( Was in primary school when you were exiting school to go next door to Xaviers college) I am proud you. I have watched you in the Giles and Harris shields, Cross maidan and of course playing for India .

But this was a fab shot! One of the best of them all.

You made my day.

thanks, K

Posted by Malik_Murad on (April 17, 2014, 10:09 GMT)

Sunil Gavaskar is a thorough gentleman and there are lots of hope from him to bring reputation back to the game of cricket !

Posted by   on (April 17, 2014, 9:10 GMT)

"Integrity is non-negotiable". Totally agree, Mr Gavaskar. Hope you're right that it's only a couple of people.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2014, 8:56 GMT)

That's the way to go! i fail to understand that despite IPL being so lucrative for the players, they still end up being entangled in Fixing! Sunny is the right man for the right job at the right time. I am a Pakistani but I believe that his integrity is beyond reproach. He must put his foot down firmly on the miscreant elements and weed them out!

Posted by Vangunster on (April 17, 2014, 8:18 GMT)

Very true Mr. Gavaskar, we as fans wish to see the weed are weeded off from this wonderful sport. We have faith in you and your approach. You have the support of all fans and their blessings!

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