'Greed is Human' Sunil Gavaskar feels that Players need to be educated on Pitfalls of Match-Fixing

With several players from the Tamil Nadu Premier League and the Karnataka Premier League being investigated for match-fixing, former India opener Sunil Gavaskar feels that players need to be made aware of the pitfalls
'Greed is Human' Sunil Gavaskar feels that Players need to be educated on Pitfalls of Match-Fixing'Greed is Human' Sunil Gavaskar feels that Players need to be educated on Pitfalls of Match-Fixing
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With players and coaches from the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) and Karnataka Premier League (KPL) finding themselves at the center of investigation for match-fixing, former India opener Sunil Gavaskar has said that players need to be educated about the pitfalls of match-fixing as greed was human.

He told, "Greed is a thing which no amount of education, guidance, seminars with anti-corruption guys is going to help. Greed is something that is human."

"The best of societies, the most developed of societies still have criminals. In cricket also you will always have the odd person who will be swayed by greed. Could be some other reason that might force him to do something. That's something I don't think you can totally control."

"I think trying to educate these kinds, telling them what kind of traps they could be in would probably ease it. But like I said, greed is something nobody knows. Somebody comes from a very poor background and suddenly sees a lot money, then you could be swayed."

When asked about why it was tough to identify match-fixing in local leagues, Gavaskar said, "I would imagine sometimes the circumstances make a player think 'I can get away with it'. But you can't get away. Because it is so covered by television, every little aspect, you will be exposed as having done something wrong. But look at the talent that it has provided from the districts. For example, the Karnataka Premier League, the number of people who have come from the interiors which otherwise even the best of Karnataka scouts couldn’t have been able to see."

"Same with TNPL and all the other leagues that are happening. I think these leagues are very, very good. It is giving more talent to India cricket. Talent which would have otherwise gone untapped."

When asked whether better remuneration for players would keep match-fixing out of the equation, Gavaskar said, "I think remuneration should be pretty much according to where you are. In the sense that it should not be out of proportion to your skill set. But again it depends on the term that is used, 'market forces'. So you can't do much. Sometimes you are lucky, the market is good. But at the end of the day, even the guy getting the most amount of money can be tempted to do something."

"How does one stop that? That's human nature and you cannot predict human nature. So it's difficult."  

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