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Iconic India batsman Sachin Tendulkar has decided not to mention anything about the match-fixing scandal that shook Indian cricket to its core in the 1990s in his autobiography, Playing It My Way.
Tendulkar felt that it would be “unwise” to talk about the scandal since he was not fully aware about everything that occurred.
“I think whatever things I knew 100% I have revealed because I back up those things. But the things I am not aware of fully, it would be unwise to comment on those,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying by PTI. “I should have some evidence, I should know something in detail to talk about it because then it makes sense and it will be appreciated by people. But if I just start talking then it will not have any value.”
Following the aftermath of the match-fixing scandal, former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin was handed a life ban, while Ajay Sharma, Ajay Jadeja and Manoj Prabhakar were all given shorter bans.
However, Tendulkar firmly believes that his former team-mates did not underperform on purpose.
“No, I mean the guys fail, but who doesn’t fail in life, everyone fails,” he said. “It would be unfair to just pinpoint someone and say that he was under-performing, didn’t try his best, I can’t. I have played the sport for 24 years and failures do happen.”
When asked why skirts around the more hard-hitting issues in international cricket, Tendulkar said: “If you see in my book, issues on which people believed I should have taken a stand, the only things which I was 100% sure of I stood for that in my book.
“If you have read some of the articles I have expressed myself whole-heartedly but on things which were not first-hand information, it is unwise to do that, it is (like) a loose statement and I didn’t want to fire loose statements.”