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'I am clean, not bothered by undercover or overcover agents'

cricket Updated: Oct 31, 2010 16:50 IST

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Wielding the mike with as much gusto as he does the bat, dashing Indian opener Virender Sehwag on Sunday said he was least concerned about a radical move by the cricket authorities to send undercover agents to players posing as illegal bookmakers.

"I am not bothered whether they are undercover or overcover. I am clean. Only those who have something to hide need be concerned. I know my role and goals," said Sehwag at a media conference today.

He was reacting to Australian media reports saying that the International Cricket Council was considering such a plan to root out allegations of corruption that has rocked Pakistan cricket.

The ICC agents will approach cricketers to see if they report the encounters and players who do not report the approaches would be penalised under the anti-corruption code, with sanctions ranging from warnings to fines and suspensions, an Australian newspaper had reported.

"We are thinking of setting up our own approaches to players, to see if they report it, we will think out of the box," ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat told the newspaper adding that it was only a tentative plan.

Sehwag was effusive in his praise of Gary Kirsten, who was recently hailed by his idol Sachin Tendulkar, and said the former South Africa opener never tried to change his style of batting and always encouraged him.