New Delhi, May 31: “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. As cricketers we are always taught to go out, fight hard, give our very best and play in the true spirit of the game.” These are the words of Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar on IPL spot-fixing scandal under which three players of Rajasthan Royal team had been arrested two weeks ago.
Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said that the developments of the last two weeks were “shocking and disappointing.”
Sachin said, “During this difficult phase, I join every cricketer, from the boys in the maidans 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.”
Sachin also said as a cricketer he has always learnt to play in the true spirit of the game.
Captain of Indian cricket team Mahendra Singh Dhoni evaded questions on spot-fixing at the pre-departure press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday and also did the same at the media interaction in Birmingham yesterday ahead of Champions Trophy.
Dhoni said that he will speak at the right time. He has refused to speak on the scandal, apparently under a gag order from the BCCI.
The only thing Dhoni said at the press conference in Birmingham was that Indian cricket’s reputation was not “gone” and that some people were “slightly mentally weak” compared to others.