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Cricket no longer a gentleman's game: Shiv Sena

PTI  Mumbai, May 17, 2013
First Published: 15:32 IST(17/5/2013) | Last Updated: 15:33 IST(17/5/2013)

Shiv Sena on Friday said revelations of spot-fixing in T20 matches show that cricket is no longer a gentleman's game and has instead become a gambling den which is destroying a generation.

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"T20 may have given fame and money to many new players but it has also opened a new window of gambling and sex racket in the country. The "kauravas" in the cricket are destroying an entire generation," the party said.

"Cricket is no longer a gentleman's game and has no connect with patriotism," it said.

The Sena's comments, published in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana on Friday, come after the arrest of three cricketers, including bowler S Sreesanth, for spot-fixing in the T20 matches.

Expressing dismay over the spot-fixing scandal that has rocked the T20 tournament, the Sena said, "these players play not for the country but for the sponsors and big business houses."

"There is a reign of gamblers in IPL now and an entire generation is being destroyed in this," the Sena said.

"Politicians from Sharad Pawar to Rajiv Shukla have taken control of the business of cricket. The T20 where the betting racket has been exposed, is headed by Rajiv Shukla of Congress. He cannot shrug off his responsibility so easily," it said.

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