While there was news about Sachin willing to play the upcoming series with Pakistan,a sudden announcement made thereafter by the Batting Legend about his retirement from One-Day Cricket is shocking for both the set of people who argue in favour of Sachin playing till he wants and the ones who always felt its high time he quits.
Seems like ‘God’ has lost to the continuous bad patch and ageing issues, while playing, or is it the B.C.C.I. which has asked Master Blaster,Sachin Tendulkar,to declare his retirement, at least, from One-Day Cricket due to his and also Team India’s continuous deteriorating performance ?
Briton Ed Hawkins,a sports journalist who has spent several years investigating corruption in cricket,in his yet to be released book-‘Bookie,Gambler,Fixer,Spy’ , has questioned the authenticity of India Vs Pakistan World Cup 2011 Match which India won and eventually the World Cup!
With few Pakistani players, previously, found guilty of being involved in spot-fixing,the claims made in the book cannot be rubbished completely.This may also put Indian Cricket Team’s reputation and achievements to question,as well.
Mohammad Azharuddin,former Indian Captain was banned for life in 2000 for match-fixing and hence is out of list of BCCI’s one-time payment scheme. With Kapil Dev, the former Indian captain who enabled India win the first World Cup in 1983 , was also removed out of the list as he refused accept the amnesty offered by BCCI following his involvement in now-defunct Indian Cricket League which had nothing to do with BCCI.Kirti Azad who held protests at Feroze Shah Kotla ground against alleged financial irregularities in BCCI supported IPL(Indian Premiere League) is also excluded out of the list.