The Telegraph
Wednesday , April 23 , 2014
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‘Former players should be part of committee’

New Delhi: Former India captain Ajit Wadekar said on Tuesday that former cricketers of repute should be made part of the probe committee, which could be appointed by the Supreme Court to investigate the alleged corruption and spot fixing in IPL VI.

“Frankly, I feel sad that some people have dragged the great game of cricket to court to settle a few scores… the game should always be played on the 22 yards,” Wadekar, 73, said. “At the same time, I am glad that the matter is being taken up by the Supreme Court. I am confident their decision would be good for cricket,” added Wadekar, during a promotional here.

On the composition of the probe committee, Wadekar said: “Eminent former players like Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble could be the members of the probe committee. Even senior judges, who love and follow the game, could be asked to be members.

“In fact, the BCCI could have given the court a few options while naming the probe committee. That would have been better,” he said.

Asked what he felt about the Supreme Court’s decision to appoint Sunil Gavaskar as the interim president of the BCCI, Wadekar said he welcomed the move. “Gavaskar is an experienced man and keeps track of cricket. He was an accomplished player and knows about today’s game. I think his appointment would benefit the Board,” he said.

Former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad said the main aim should be to make sure that the sport remains clean. Present at the same promotional, he said: “Thats the whole point and we are all sure that the Supreme Court would ensure it. It would not be bad if people like Rahul Dravid, Kumble or Tendulkar are made part of the committee to clean up things.

“All of them have played for decades and are famous for their integrity and commitment. It would be great if they are taken on board.”