Sunil Gavaskar opens up about match-fixing
Cricket is often referred to as ‘gentleman’s game’ because it is played with sheer intensity, grit and determination by the players of the respective teams. Besides all these scintillating moments which lift the spirit of the game, there are certain things that are happening behind the scenes which don’t seem to end at all and it is none other than match-fixing.
Match-fixing is spoiling the moods of cricket fans these days. Amid the match-fixing speculations, former India batting great Sunil Gavaskar had something very interesting to speak on this issue. He has even warned the perpetrators that they can’t escape as everything is televised and anyone having done something wrong will be exposed surely.
It should be noted that Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) and the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) have been in the news recently for fixing and betting controversies which are deemed contrary to the spirit of the game.
“I would imagine sometimes the circumstances make a player think ‘I can get away with it’. But you can’t get away. Because it is so covered by television, every little aspect… you will be exposed as having done something wrong,” Sunil Gavaskar was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
Sunil Gavaskar further told, “Greed is a thing which no amount of education, guidance, seminars with anti-corruption guys is going to help. Greed is something that is human.
The best of societies, the most developed of societies still have criminals. In cricket also you will always have the odd person who will be swayed by greed. (It) could be some other reason that might force him to do something. That’s something I don’t think you can totally control.”
Despite cricket leagues being more inclined towards corruption-related activities these days, the legendary Indian batsman believes these tournaments should always find the support of the people as they strengthen the Indian cricket.
“Look at the talent that it has provided from the districts. For example, the Karnataka Premier League, the number of people who have come from the interiors which otherwise even the best of Karnataka scouts couldn’t have been able to see.
Same with TNPL and all the other leagues that are happening (in India). I think these leagues are very, very good. It is giving more talent to India cricket, talent which would have otherwise gone untapped,” he said.