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‘ICC’s probe critical’

Singapore: With world cricket fighting to protect its image because of the fixing allegations, icon Sachin Tendulkar thinks that the International Cricket Council’s investigations into the corruption cases are of critical importance.

Sachin, who bid adieu to the game last year after playing 200 Test matches, said that the ICC’s probe is significant as it’s imperative that fans get to watch “fair competition.”

“I think the concerned people are taking really important steps because it is critical for the game to make sure that the spectators watch a fair competition,” Sachin said on Tuesday.

Sachin was referring to the ongoing investigations by the ICC, the contents of which, including some testimonies of players, were leaked to the media leading to a furore.

The 41-year-old, who is here on a promotional tour, was also all excited about picking up his bat for the first time after retirement for an exhibition match in which he would play with West Indian legend Brian Lara.

Sachin and Lara would turn up for the Marylebone Cricket Club XI to mark the MCC’s 200th anniversary. The Sachin-led team will take on a World XI captained by Shane Warne in an ODI match, on July 5.

“We (himself and Lara) have played for the same team earlier and we had a wonderful partnership. So I’m hoping for another one this time,” he said.

“It’s always been a joy to play against Brian… I loved watching Brian scoring runs against other nations, but certainly not against India,” Sachin added.

The icon also had words of encouragement for Singapore and said that they can dream of a bright future in International cricket. “I don’t see any reason why Singapore can’t be successful... Whenever we have played here, in Singapore, the response has been really good,” Sachin said. (PTI)