Punishment 'necessary' to curb corruption: Wadekar

Published: Saturday, November 5, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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Fixing: Wadekar condemns Pak cricketers

Kolkata, Nov 5: Former India captain Ajit Wadekar on Friday, condemned the three jailed Pakistani cricketers, saying the punishment meted out to the tainted trio for their involvement in spot-fixing was "necessary" to make the game corruption free.

"This punishment was necessary to purge cricket of corruption," Wadekar said while inaugurating a tournament organised by Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy at Kolkata. "Even if there are a few dishonest players, cricket is still a game of gentlemen," he said.

A criminal court in London on Nov 2, Thursday, sentenced jailterms to former Pakistan skipper Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir after finding them guilty of spot-fixing a Test at Lord's last year.

Asked Wadekar to comment between cricket legend Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar, he said "There cannot be any comparison between the two. Both were great during their own time."

About Tendulkar's impending 100th international century, Wadekar said, "Sachin will reach the 100th international century during the West Indies series. And I will be happy if he gets it in Mumbai." Meanwhile, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on Friday, removed the jersey of Butt which was kept inside its indoor coaching centre near Dr B C Roy club house, a CAB source said.


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