RCB Captain speaks on match fixing scandel

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  • Thursday, September 9, 2010
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  • The Royal Challengers Bangalore captain termed the recent fixing scandal involving three Pakistani cricketers - captain Salman Butt and pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer as a "major issue" but said the game has the power and ability to withstand such crisis.

    "Yes, this is a major issue that has happened but cricket is larger than any individual. Whatever we are today is because of the game. Just because of couple of bad apples you can't see everyone with suspicious eyes," Kumble said on the eve of the show-piece event.
    "But having said that you need to be vigilant as any game is susceptible. I am sure the International Cricket Council and the (CLT20) organisers will be very cautious on this matter and cricket will be played here in a highly competitive atmosphere," he added.
    Under the watchful eyes of the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), the glitzy CLT20 will begin at the Wanderers tomorrow with the Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians taking on local team Highveld Lions in the opening encounter.
    Interestingly, Kumble might have bid adieu to the international cricket nearly two years back but the same zeal and passion still exists in him as the old warhorse said he bowls his best every time.
    "I am really enjoying playing competitive cricket for a month or one-and-a-half month. So, I devote all my energies and ensure that I compete well because I know when I am enjoying the competition I bowl my best," the veteran tweaker said.
    Asked if he still misses playing for the country, Kumble said, "I think, I have done my bit for India. I am extremely satisfied with what I have achieved playing for India."

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