Dharamsala: Adam Gilchrist has always been a staunch advocate - and example - of upholding the spirit of the game and playing it hard but fair, so it was no surprise to hear him call for exemplary punishment in the spot-fixing case if the trio of S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan was found guilty.
Shortly after leading Kings XI Punjab to a seven-run win over Delhi Daredevils on Thursday (May 16) night, a win that kept Punjab's playoff qualification hopes in the Pepsi IPL alive, Gilchrist said naivete or ignorance could no longer be used as an excuse, adding that should the three be proven guilty of spot-fixing, they should be banned from cricket for life. (Guilty to get strongest possible punishment, says Rajeev Shukla)
"Like everyone, I am very short on detail, I have only followed it through the press," Gilchrist, who tried making 'walking' fashionable, said. "So I must prefix this by saying if at all it is true, it is very, very sad. It's very disappointing. It's one of the most disrespectful things that anyone could do as a fellow cricketer. They are affording such disrespect to their peers by doing this. There is absolutely no excuse for this in this day and age. The talk of players being naive or not understanding of the ramifications, that is rubbish. Everyone is so well educated now. (Use Sachin, Dravid, Dhoni to educate players on corruption, says Gavaskar)