Tendulkar disturbed by spot-fixing claims

MUMBAI – Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar has said he was “shocked and disappointed” over allegations of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League.

In the last fortnight, three bowlers from the Rajasthan Royals team – S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan – have been arrested.

Last week, Sreesanth insisted he was innocent. The families of the other two have also denied the allegations.

A senior official in the Chennai Super Kings team was also arrested last week.The players have been suspended by India’s cricket board and their IPL team.

Spot-fixing involves illegally rigging parts of a match, for example by timing the delivery of a deliberate wide or no-ball, to benefit bookmakers or those betting on matches.

“The developments in the last two weeks have been shocking and disappointing,” Tendulkar said in a statement today, his first comments since the scandal broke.

“It has always hurt me when the game of cricket is in the news for the wrong reasons,” he said.

“During this difficult phase, I join every cricketer, from the boys and girls in the maidans (grounds) across the country to those who represent clubs, states and the country, who trust the authorities to take sincere steps to get to the root of the issue.

“The faith reposed by the millions of fans should be justified and we owe it to them to ensure that Indian cricket is all about pride and joy,” the statement added.

Tendulkar, who recently turned 40, announced his retirement from the IPL tournament on Sunday night moments after his team Mumbai Indians lifted their first IPL title.

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