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Inculcate patriotism to stop malady

Published: Friday, November 3, 2000, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Mumbai: Indian skipper Saurav Ganguly on Friday welcomed the Code of Conduct introduced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for eradicating match-fixing element but did not show much faith in it.Speaking at the function for the presentation of the Ceat International Cricketer of-the-year award, Ganguly told newsmen here that all this strictures and restrictions will have no meaning if a cricketer is not honest to himself, the team and the country. Till that fervour is developed within one's self, it is pointless banning mobile phones as it will not stop fixing matches, he added with a tongue-in-cheek remark.Former Australian captain Alan Border, who is here to receive the Ceat International Team of-the-year award on behalf of Steve Waugh, supported Ganguly's observation and said one must inculcate patriotism to stop this malady.Border himself was surprised that a leading cricket personality like Mark Waugh's name should surface again. Mark Waugh's name was mentioned in the now internationally famous CBI report on match-fixing as the man, who took money from an Indian bookie for fixing six-a-side match in Hong Kong.Border said when Waugh and Shane Warne had confessed about providing information to a bookie about weather and the pitch, the Australian Cricket Board had cleared them of fixing charge and fined them. Border thought the lesson was learnt and issue was buried.He said the next inquiry by his Board should be more in depth. He was also happy that all cricketing countries were making a concerted effort to wipe this cancerous root.He also admitted that now he was sure that match-fixing was going on during his time in the eighties and early nineties too.

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