Wasn't in right frame of mind in 1999 tour of Australia: Sachin

Updated: Thursday, August 9, 2012, 15:57 [IST]
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Indian team had to go with lots of suspicion and difficulty during the phase of 1999-2000, when match fixing was cribbing whole of the world cricket.

Indian Legend Batsman first time admitted that his game was also affected on the australian during the same period as "Spectators looked at us with suspicion".

During India's Disastrous tour of Australia, Sachin was not in the right frame of mind, when they were thrashed by 0-3 against the mighty Australia in 1999-2000. "I can tell you that I was never approached by anyone, neither we had any discussions about the same in the team meeting," Tendulkar told former South African Board President Dr Ali Bacher in an interview for Super Sport Channel.

"I remember that there was stage in 1999-2000 when it was very difficult as we were to play Australia. Before the series these things started making rounds. As a cricketer that's the last thing I want.

"You want your beloved game to be as clean as possible. I wanted the spectators to enjoy the contest and not look at us with suspicion. To play well, players need to be in right frame of mind and I can tell you that I was not in that frame of mind," Tendulkar said, recollecting the disastrous series. Bacher said while remembering the horrific times of world cricket that the South African board was also approached by the bookies to fix the match.

"We were directly approached by bookmakers to take their offer to the players through team meeting. Those were days when in couple of ICC meetings, I had raised this issue. The issue was not properly discussed and I was told to get evidence and proof," said Bacher.

Story first published:  Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 12:32 [IST]
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