Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Indian player Gautam Gambhir wants the International Cricket Council (ICC) to ensure the security of cricketers who report on spot-fixing matters.

On Monday, former Zimbabwe player Brendan Taylor revealed an incident in a four-page statement on his Twitter account about how he was threatened to fix matches.

Taylor said that he was lured to take a drug and the spot-fixers blackmailed him to release his video of taking cocaine in the public domain.

“I was reading Brendan Taylor’s statement with the same emotion: Gautam Gambhir

Gambhir said that he went through mixed emotions while he was reading Taylor’s statement about the whole incident.

“Brendan Taylor and his admission of delay in reporting a corrupt approach have caught my conscience and attention. I operate on an absolute zero-tolerance approach when it comes to any wrongdoing,” Gambhir wrote in his column for Times of India.

Brendan Taylor
Brendan Taylor[Photo: Getty Images]
“I was reading Taylor’s statement with the same emotion – disappointment, disgust and anger. I read it once but it didn’t make me angry. I read it again and it was the same. I read it the third time and the emotions were different. Don’t get me wrong as I am not supporting Taylor.

“I am only concerned about the circumstances which forced him, a father of four children fearing for his and his family’s lives, to delay reporting the incident to the International Cricket Council Anti-Corruption Unit. Taylor is a sportsperson and not a hard-nosed criminal whose faculties would support him if six individuals barged into his hotel room with a threat to release a video where he was reportedly consuming a banned substance,” Gambhir added.

Is there any network that activates their security at the local level?: Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir (Image Credit: Twitter)

Gambhir demanded that the players and their families should be made comfortable regarding their safety of life.

Surely these corrupt men are not working in seclusion. More often than not they seem to be part of an organised group. What if someone had tried to physically harm Taylor or his family? Is there a provision to provide security to cricketers who report a corrupt approach but fear for their or their family’s well-being? Is there any network which activates their security at the local level,” Gambhir questioned.

The ICC is yet to take its decision on Brendan Taylor’s matter but the player himself is expecting punishment from the international body.

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