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'Dark chapter' of match-fixing should remain closed: Sachin

cricket Updated: Nov 13, 2009 22:59 IST

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He has spoken at length about each and every important aspect of his 20-year glorious career but the match-fixing saga that rocked cricket world in 1999 is one episode Sachin Tendulkar prefers not to talk about.

As Tendulkar completes his 20 years in the game tomorrow, the Indian batting maestro wants to cherish sweet victories
and says that 'dark chapters' should remain closed.

"That's a dark chapter and I don't want to reiterate on that on this occasion," he told a packed media meet.

"I (would) thought something which was fascinating. The series that we played against Australia (2000-01 which India
won 2-1 coming from behind) immediately after that.

"It was a three-Test series and five ODIs. The Test series got over in the final half an hour (in Chennai which
India won to clinch the rubber). Also the one-day series was decided literally in the last 30 or 35 minutes.

"All these were instrumental in bringing back the crowds to the stadiums and we as a team performed really well in that series and we sort of started a new chapter, something that I was looking forward to. The closed chapter, better to keep it closed," he said.

The match-fix saga had an impact on Indian cricket also as life bans were imposed Mohammed Azharuddin and Ajay Sharma by the Cricket Board in the wake of the CBI report on the scandal. Five-year bans were handed to Ajay Jadeja and Manoj Prabhakar as well.