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ICC should thoroughly probe spot-fixing scandal: Tendulkar

Last updated on: September 03, 2010 14:35 IST

Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said the International Cricket Council should thoroughly investigate the 'spot-fixing' scandal that has plunged the game into a crisis and take action against the guilty players.

sachin tendulkar"ICC should make a thorough probe in the 'spot-fixing' scandal and take appropriate action if the players are found guilty," Tendulkar said in New Delhi.

"If the allegations are true, they will certainly bring disrepute to the game," he added.

The furore follows a British tabloid's sting operation on a bookie, who allegedly paid money to the Pakistani trio of Test skipper Salman Butt and pacers Mohammad Asif and Muhammad Amir, for bowling no-balls during the Lord's Test against England last week.

The three players in question have been suspended by the ICC pending an inquiry and also left out of the Pakistan team for the Twenty20 and ODI series against England, starting Sunday.

The players, who face a Scotland Yard investigation, met Pakistan's High Commissioner in England to present their case.

Speaking about the scandal, Tendulkar said he has not come across any instance of Indian players being contacted by a bookie in his playing career.

"In my 21 years of international cricket, I have never heard of an Indian player being approached by bookies," Tendulkar asserted.

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