Kolkata, Aug 27: Former India captain Sourav Ganguly feels if paceman S Sreesanth is involved in spot-fixing it is his "stupidity" when he can earn more money by playing for India than the offer of just Rs 40 lakhs.
Sreesanth was one of the three cricketers arrested by Delhi police for their alleged involvement in IPL spot-fixing. The Kerala fast bowler and his two Rajasthan Royals' team-mates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were alleged to have taken money for spot-fixing in IPL 6. Sreesanth is currently out on bail.
"For me, Sreesanth is an absolute waste of talent. When you are gifted with so much talent and you don't use it, it's pointless. What will you do for 40 lakh? It's just one Test series for him. If you get 20 wickets in three Test matches, you get double the money. If he does well in one season of IPL, he gets 10 times the money. I don't know whether he has done it or not. I don't have any proof, but whatever I have heard on TV, if he has done it, it's absolute stupidity," Ganguly told "The Times of India".
When asked whether the spot-fixing had taken the sheen off Indian cricket, Ganguly said no.
"I don't think so. There's a problem everywhere. There's one bad fish in every pond, a couple of bad fish in every river. That doesn't make the pond or the river bad. You have these issues, but India has produced cricketers like Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly, Dhoni, Sehwag, whom people can't touch. I don't think one can judge cricket based on a few people," he added.