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A year and a half back, post the controversial Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013, Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had come out to address the media. The conference was not to clear out the issue related to the controversy; it was to address questions related to upcoming Champions Trophy 2013. However, it was only obvious that the media would ask questions with regards to the massive betting racket that was exposed to the Indian skipper. However, he stayed mum. Or rather, he was asked to avoid questions related to the controversy. Also Read - IPL 2020: MS Dhoni Slammed For 'Spark' Missing in Youngsters Comment, Srikkanth Calls His Talk of Process 'Meaningless'
The script has remained similar over the last 15 months. While the lesser known former cricketers are out making all sorts of controversial statements, the players with higher credibility have chosen to remain silent. The entire cover-up by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for N Srinivasan and Gurunath Meiyappan has been shoddy. Also Read - IPL 2020: CSK Captain MS Dhoni Reveals Why Youngsters Weren't Given Enough Chances
However, for the first time since the outbreak of the scandal, a big player has spoken up. Sunil Gavaskar minced no words as he lashed out former BCCI President N Srinivasan and his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan. Speaking about the president, the former skipper said, “Srinivasan should answer for why he did not act if he knew that a player was guilty.”
The former opener went a step ahead in his outburst towards Gurunath Meiyappan saying, “The full force of the law must come down on Meiyyapan”. More than the credibility and stature of Gavaskar, it is the fact that he has spoken only on the basis of the Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee report which lends more weight to the whole issue.
The fact that Gavaskar didn’t choose to please the men in power and decided to speak candidly comes as a welcome move for the game and Indian cricket in specific. What remains to be seen is whether his comments will open doors for other big current and former players to speak up their mind. The likes of Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and Sourav Ganguly have remained surprisingly quiet on the entire issue so far. Their views have large public backing and thus it is imperative that they speak up for the clean-up and betterment of the game.