press trust of india
PHAGWARA, 8 JUNE: With the raging Indian Premier League spot-fixing scandal denting the credibility of cricket, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh today said that every effort should be made to clean up the game.
“I am a small person. Bigwigs are busy with this. I think everything that needs to be done should be done to clean up the game in wake of the IPL crisis,” Singh said, though he refused to comment when asked whether betting on cricket should be legalised or an anti-fixing law, promulgated.
Singh was addressing a Press conference after inaugurating a cricket academy.
Asked about Shah Rukh Khan’s reported comment that he wants to beat up the IPL’s spot-fixers, he said, in jest: “Who can stop him?" Stressing that cricket should be taken to smaller cities and villages, Singh said that, to promote cricket and to tap young talent, he planned setting up cricket academies in Mumbai, Jammu, Ludhiana and some other cities by the end of this year.
He lamented the absence of assistance from state governments.