Former India player Sunil Gavaskar has recently commented on match-fixing, saying there is no cure for greed. His comment came regarding the menace of match-fixing, which once again has become a trend in Indian cricket. The Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) and the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) have been under the scanner for the match-fixing and betting controversies.
“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,” Sunil Gavaskar was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
He, however, said that the advancement in technology has made sure the wrong-doings have no place to hide. He further said that he thinks sometimes the circumstances force the players to choose the wrong way. But now-a-days this is so open that no player would get rid of the consequences and he will be “exposed” while doing “something wrong”.
Despite the cricket leagues being more into the corruption, the former Indian captain believes these tournaments should always find the support of the people as many talented players are coming in Indian cricket from these leagues.
“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,” Sunil Gavaskar concluded.