Gambhir seeks heavy fine for IPL franchises whose players misbehaved

Gambhir seeks heavy fine for IPL franchises whose players misbehaved

first_imgIndia Today NEWS PICKModi gets his way, Joshi quits BJP BCCI boss caught in Jagan web? Paris won, London next for Sania-Hesh Happy birthday Shilpa! Rare childhood pics of Bollywood queen and her family What’ll Nano look like in 5 yrs?Days after changing the fortunes of bottom-enders in the first four seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to the champions of the latest edition, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Gautam Gambhir batted for a heavy penalty for the franchises who were unable to control the conduct of their players.”Somewhere down the line franchises need to control these things. A certain player from a certain team does these things, the franchise needs to be fined and it has to be fined heavily,” Gambhir said in an interview with Headlines Today on Friday.Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Luke Pomersbach had been accused of molestation by an American national during the just concluded IPL 5 tournament.The southpaw put up a strong defence of the IPL and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), saying, “It is the responsibility of the franchise to control its players. BCCI can’t appoint one person each to keep a watch over every player.””Players who have a history of binge drinking and have got into trouble in the past, franchises should impose a curfew on them and they should be sent back to their rooms,” he said.The IPL also faced allegations of spot-fixing and black money leading some, including BJP MP Kirti Azad, to demand a ban on the popular Twenty-20 tournament. However, Gambhir put up a stout defence of the BCCI shifting the onus to franchises.advertisement”We keep blaming the BCCI and the IPL for all these things. A lot of these things can be sorted out if the franchise is strong enough. Whatever we sign for is given, and nothing is given under the table,” he said.Answering the parliamentarian’s demand for a ban, Gambhir said, “I am sure there are a number of other issues for Parliament to debate than the IPL.”Gambhir admitted that he would love to be a Test captain.”I would relish the opportunity to be Test captain. Who doesn’t want to? But captaincy won’t change my passion for the game,” the Delhi batsman said.He said that his effort was to make KKR a team known for its on field achievements. “In the last three years, KKR has been known too much for what happened off the cricket field. I wanted to change that,” he said.Gambhir said after the kind of receptions he received at the Eden Gardens, he now considers himself a Kolkata boy. However, the one thing that Gambhir cannot do is dance for KKR co-owner, actor Shah Rukh Khan.”The one thing I cannot do is dance for Shah Rukh Khan. He has succeeded in everything he tried. The only thing he has failed to do is make me dance. And I hope he will not try again,” he said in a lighter vein.last_img

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