Match-fixing is a global phenomenon: Asif

Published: Thursday, June 8, 2000, 18:23 [IST]
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In India things are getting murkier and murkier.

I think it is absolute madness. Some of the cricketers are trying to bring the others down. Frankly speaking, the situation in India is different. There the highest investigating agency is probing the issue. We have to wait and watch how it goes.

Did you meet Kapil?

Yes. I did, briefly. I told him no matter what is being alleged, I still have the highest regard for you as a cricketer.

There have been allegations of match-fixing against you as well, but you have not reacted?

I don't think it is worth the effort. Everyday somebody or the other is being paid to make unsubstantiated allegations against others. How many denials are you going to issue? At the end of the day each one of us have to live with our conscience.

They say you deliberately lost the toss in the last Test match against India in 1979 when G R Vishwanath was the captain?

It was my last Test match and I wanted to win it badly to quit on a winning note. Now, if I am keen to win a Test match, the first thing I want to do is to win the toss so that I can control the match.

If Vishy thought he had lost the toss why didn't he tell me at that moment? I would have agreed to do the toss again. Believe me, he has never once told me about it even though we have met several times after that.

Where do you think all this will end?

With the recent reports where players, officials and cricket administrators were secretly taped, I find it hard to believe that it is just a case of a player, trying to clear his name.

Whatever it may be, but one expects national interest and respect for individual privacy to be given consideration. I would have liked to see the transcripts and tapes being given to the relevant authorities rather than being used for promotional purpose.

With the ICC meeting coming up in the last week of June, it is important that the South African and the Indian Boards complete their investigations and submit the findings so that this matter is laid to rest once and forever.

Then only, I think ICC can start its meeting in which matters concerning the game itself can be dealt with. Which is what these meetings are all about.

I would also like to see an embargo on all players, past and present, administrators and any one connected with the sport going public with their accusations.

Instead they should be told to go to the relevant authorities with their information.

It takes a lifetime to build your reputation and one irresponsible statement by individuals with personal grievance can destroy it.


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