Virender Sehwag puts onus on players to stop spot-fixing and corruption in IPL
Virender Sehwag believes that it is the cricketers’ responsibility to combat the corruption that has haunted the Indian Premier League from time to time.ipl 2017 Updated: May 12, 2017 14:59 IST
Former India opener Virender Sehwag was not entirely astonished that there was another incident of corruption coming to light in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Thursday.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s anti-corruption unit picked up alleged bookies from Kanpur, where IPL teams Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils were staying, after suspicious activities.
Virender Sehwag believes that stopping corrupt practices is entirely the players’ responsibility.
“You can’t stop all these things, it is player’s responsibility whom he wants to meet. It’s my wish whom I want to meet, but if my conscience is clear then I can help the game keep clean too,” Sehwag, who is the coach of Kings XI Punjab, said during a promotional event in Mumbai on Friday.
“You can keep as security as you want, but they can’t stop anything if the player wants to do something (unlawful). It’s player’s own responsibility to ensure that no one questions their integrity. If tomorrow someone tells something about me.... When I used to play I would say I would retire that moment, now (when I am not playing) I would say remove all my records. “
“If players take such type of responsibility then these guys (bookies) won’t meet you.
“I don’t remember meeting anyone unknown in the hotels because it’s my choice. If one of my friends comes to meet me, then I ensure only he comes and no other friend of his comes along. Similarly, if my relative is coming to meet me, I ensure people in my relation only meet me.
“It is all about player’s awareness. This game is such that it will give you a lot but if your image is tarnished, then you also lose your respect. People love cricket in this country but if someone does something wrong with this game, they will be sidelined.,” said Sehwag.
IPL was first rocked with spot fixing in the 2013 edition where S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were allegedly involved. In the 2015 IPL too, there were reports of players being approached by bookies and the matter was duly reported to the BCCI ACU.