Mumbai: Former India skipper Krishnamachari Srikkanth deeply saddened by the IPL spot fixing scandal and hopes that the mess will be sorted out soon. “I am sad, hurt and shocked. Everybody loves and is passionate about cricket. It is very unfortunate that because of a few cricketers who did this stupid mistake, the whole thing turned out to be so sad,” Srikkanth told PTI.
The ex-chief selector is happy that the police and even the BCCI are conducting a probe into the scandal. “Once all these things (investigations) are done then the mess will be cleaned up. At the end of the day we cricketers are here because of public and thanks to them that we are famous and make money. All the cricketers are fair except a handful of them. Cricket will come back to normalcy on its own because of the corrective measures taken,” he said.
Considering cricket is considered as a religion in India, Srikkanth feels one cannot disrespect it. “I am a firm believer of truth. I believe in ‘Satyameva Jayate’ and truth will always prevail. I hope things will get sorted out at the earliest,” he added. When asked if betting should be legalised, Srikkanth said, “I don’t want to go deep into this aspect. I played cricket for the passion of the game. I think 99 per cent of the cricketers sacrifice a lot of things – their life, family and studies – they just want to play for India.” “Everyone’s dream is to play for India and be the captain and nobody is looking at other aspects of cricket. I believe cricket is bigger than any individual or body,” he said.
On the clamour for the ouster of BCCI chief N Srinivasan, after his son-in-law Meiyappan was caught for his alleged involvement in betting, Srikkanth said, “we would like to wait and watch… I don’t want to indulge in any speculation at this stage.” Srikkanth was happy with the performance of Sunrisers Hyderabad. “They were fantastic… we are happy that we reached in the top four especially when no one expected us to reach this far.”