Former India cricket board (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur has called for making public the names of all the 13 individuals alleged to have been involved in the 2013 spot-fixing scandal.
“For me, individuals are not important. The institution is important. I am not bothered about any ‘A’ or ‘B’ player. I am only concerned about BCCI as an institution. The envelope containing the name of the cricketers was never opened by the Court, which means the issue from where the entire episode started wasn’t resolved. But other issues against the BCCI were opened,” Thakur told TOI in an interview. “If anyone is involved in match-fixing or unethical practice, there must be a harsher punishment because no name is bigger than the game.”
Thakur added, “Certain A, B or C players are roaming free after so many years. They are sitting in TV studios. The same TV channels and newspapers which wrote against them on fixing and betting, they have called them cricket experts. So, there has to be some law and harsher punishment for such individuals and activities.”