IPL never gave anything to Indian cricket, says Arjuna Ranatunga

He also suggested that there should be an independent inquiry into the IPL fixing scandal and Indian government should be involved in the probe. Ranatunga said it pained him to see that some of the former greats are backing the event just because they too are getting monetary benefits out of it.

updated: May 30, 2013 17:22 IST
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New Delhi: Ridiculing the Indian Premier League for turning cricketers into a bunch of avaricious people, World Cup winning Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga on Thursday said that the cash-awash T20 league has given Indian cricket nothing but disrepute.

IPL is embroiled in a spot-fixing scandal, leading to arrest of India's Test pacer S Sreesanth and several others including BCCI President's son-in-law on charges of betting.

"I am not surprised with the current spot-fixing and betting scandal in IPL. It has been happening from the beginning. Each and every season had issues like betting, fixing, alcohol, drugs. I think IPL never gave anything to Indian cricket. Indian cricket has never got such bad name in world cricket," Ranatunga told PTI-Bhasha over phone from Colombo.

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