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'Players may be wrong but game is clean'

India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Tuesday refused to believe that cricket is no longer a clean sport in the wake of spot-fixing scandal and said commitment of all the cricketers around the world should not be questioned because of the misdeeds of a few individuals.

cricket Updated: Sep 08, 2010 01:18 IST

India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Tuesday refused to believe that cricket is no longer a clean sport in the wake of spot-fixing scandal and said commitment of all the cricketers around the world should not be questioned because of the misdeeds of a few individuals.

"Whatever has come up in cricket in the last few days are very demoralising for the game. It has brought disrespect to the game. But what I feel is that as a player you need to play cricket in the right spirit. You need to play the game clean and hard," he said here.

"If a couple of players indulge in bad things that does not mean all players are corrupt. At the end of the day, cricket is bigger than any individual," Harbhajan insisted.

Harbhajan, who is here to play the Champions League Twenty20 for Mumbai Indians, said that the recent scandal, involving three Pakistani players, has come as a golden opportunity to clean the rot which is existing in the game.

"It's a great opportunity for all players to show cricket is clean and bigger than all other things," he said.

Pakistan Test captain Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were provisionally suspended by the ICC for their alleged role in spot-fixing. During the Lord's match, Asif and Aamir allegedly bowled three no-balls after taking bribes from a bookie, Mazhar Majeed.