Breaking his silence on the spot-fixing scandal, Sachin Tendulkar said on Friday that the developments of the last two weeks were “shocking and disappointing” and the authorities should get to the root of the issue for the sake of millions of fans.

The champion batsman, who retired from the IPL after his side Mumbai Indians won the title, said in a statement: “It has always hurt me when the game of cricket is in the news for the wrong reasons. The developments in the last two weeks have been shocking and disappointing. As cricketers we are always taught to go out, fight hard, give our very best and play in the true spirit of the game.”

“During this difficult phase, I join every cricketer, from the boys in the maidans across the country to those who represent clubs, states and the country, who trust the authorities to take sincere steps to get to the root of the issue.

“We owe it to them [fans] to ensure that Indian cricket is all about pride and joy,” the statement added.

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