Punish players who spoil cricket's image, says Kapil Dev

India's World Cup-winning captain says too much money in cricket can mislead youngsters and superheroes like Tendulkar, Kumble and Dravid are needed to educate players on what's right and what's wrong.

updated: July 24, 2013 16:53 IST
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Kapil Dev wants cricket administrators to be ruthless in dealing with cricketers who take the easy way out to get rich. In an interview to a leading daily, the former India skipper said too much money in the game was proving to be a deterrent and cricketers were prone to "making mistakes".

Kapil indicated India discard Sreesanth, who is facing charges of spot-fixing during Indian Premier League 2013 games, was silly to bite the bait laid by bookies. The Kerala pacer could face a ban from the Indian cricket Board.

"I think you have to be ruthless so that the boys cannot do such a thing. If Sreesanth has done something as stupid as that, the repercussions for it are well known around the world," Kapil said. "Look at what happened to those cricketers from Pakistan... If you can't learn from other people's mistakes, you should be punished." (Bacher says cricketers still interact with bookies)

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