Cricket Untold Story Part 4 : Not many know that just after the infamous match fixing scandal of 2000, Sachin actually took initiatives to keep bookies away from tarnishing the sport.
One of those steps to revive the game was to nominate Sourav’s name for captaincy after stepping down himself due to rising differences with Mohammed Azharuddin.
So enroute to the pitch in Melbourne for a batting innings in 2000, he told his fellow teammates why Sourav would be the right person to lead the team.
Match fixing scandal : Mohammed Azharuddin, the former India captain and one of world cricket’s finest batsmen, was banned from the sport for life Tuesday for his involvement in match fixing. Ajay Sharma, who played for the country in one test match against the West Indies in 1989, also was banned for life. Ajay Jadeja, a middle-order batsman, Dr. Ali Irani, a physiotherapist, and, ironically, Manoj Prabhakar, who started the scandal when he accused others of match fixing, all received five-year bans for their involvement with bookmakers.
“This is a sad day in the annals of Indian cricket,” A.C. Muthiah, chief of the BCCI, said after a meeting of the board’s disciplinary committee in Madras.
“There is clear evidence of match fixing against Azharuddin,” Muthiah said. “There also is evidence that Sharma acted as a conduit for match fixing. (Source : Nytimes)
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- South African Sacrifice : Untold Cricket Story Part 2
- The Cult Heroes : Untold Cricket Story Part 3