IPL 2013 spot-fixing controversy: Young cricketers in Bhopal take out candle march

The participants were mostly children, who are training at a city-based camp © AFP

Bhopal: May 20, 2013 

Budding cricketers from a coaching camp on Monday took out a candle-march, protesting the fixing in the sport and demanding a strict action against the culprits.

Three players of IPL franchisee Rajasthan Royals, including India pacer S Sreesanth, have been arrested for `spot-fixing’.

The participants, mostly children who are training at a camp organised by Ankur Cricket Academy, carried placards with slogans such as `This is a gentleman’s game and not a Bookies Game’, `Save Cricket Kill Bookies’, `Bookies in the Jail Cricket in hearts’ and `Lifetime ban on cricketers involved in Betting’.

Madhya Pradesh Sports Director Shailendra Shrivastava, who spoke to the participants of the march, advised them to focus on the game and said there were no short-cuts in life.

Bhopal Division Cricket Association chairman Arunsehwar Singhdeo said that the academy had organised this march so that budding cricketers could be aware of evil practises like spot and match-fixing that have damaged the reputation of the gentleman’s game.

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