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'Fixing scandals leaves bad impression on cricket'

Published: Wednesday, September 1, 2010, 17:02 [IST]
 
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Tendulkar saddened by 'spot-fixing' scam

Relating to 'spot fixing' scandals allegedly involving several Pakistan cricketers, senior India batsman Sachin Tendulkar said such scandal makes a bad impression on cricket, which should always head in the right direction.

"Yes. It doesn't leave a good impression about cricket and cricketers. It is something one would like to erase and make sure cricket heads in the right direction so that it helps cricket to grow across the globe," Tendulkar said on Tuesday.

On Saturday, Aug 28, the News of the World tabloid splashed details of a sting operation it conducted on a London-based individual, Mazhar Majeed. Later the Scotland Yard police arrested 35 year old Mazhar Majeed for offering bribes to some Pakistani players for 'spot-fixing' during the final Test match at Lords.

Tendulkar said his father has always been the most influential figure in his life.

"My biggest influence has been my father. He has left a huge impact on my life. As a child I learned a lot just by observing him. The culture and values of my family have made me what I am," he said.

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