Franchises must control players' conduct: Gambhir

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Published: Friday, June 1, 2012, 12:21 [IST]
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Fine the franchise, if player misbehaves

New Delhi, Jun 1: Indian opener Gautam Gambhir, is on a high after leading Kolkata Knight Riders to their first IPL win in five years has suggested that the franchises should be fined for players' misconduct in the cash-rich domestic league.

"Somewhere down the line franchises need to control these things. A certain player from a certain team does these things, the franchise needs to be fined and it has to be fined heavily," Gambhir said.

The Delhi batsman, Gambhir playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL, said the owners should be able to control their players and BCCI cannot be blamed for the same.

"It is the responsibility of the franchise to control its players. BCCI can't appoint one person each to keep a watch over every player," Gambhir told a news channel.

Interestingly there were a few controversies during the cash-rich league that showed IPL in bad light. Royal Challengers Bangalore cricketer Luke Pomersbach was accused of molesting a US national during the fifth edition of IPL.

"Players who have a history of binge drinking and have got into trouble in the past, franchises should impose a curfew on them and they should be sent back to their rooms."

"We keep blaming the BCCI and the IPL for all these things. A lot of these things can be sorted out if the franchise is strong enough. Whatever we sign for is given, and nothing is given under the table."

Talking about the parliament's demand for a ban on IPL, Gambhir said "I am sure there are a number of other issues for parliament to debate than the IPL."

Gambhir said, he wanted to change things around as KKR was known for off-field achievements more than its on-field show and he took guard of the same.

"In the last three years, KKR has been known too much for what happened off the cricket field. I wanted to change that."

"The one thing I cannot do is dance for SRK. SRK has succeeded in everything, the only thing he has failed to do is make me dance. And I hope he will not try again."


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