Spot-fixing not a good example to set for youngsters: Tendulkar

Mumbai: India's batting genius Sachin Tendulkar said on Friday that spot-fixing incidents in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) were not setting a good example for the game.

Tendulkar, however, defended the IPL, saying that one or two problems do not raise a question mark on the credibility of the tournament.

"I would definitely say this (spot-fixing) is not a good example (to set). But I think there are one or two problems in every organisation and it does not make the entire organisation bad," the Mumbai Indians star said.

While speaking at 'Coca Cola-NDTV Support My School' campaign, Tendulkar asked young cricketers to follow the right examples and absorb the good qualities.

"My advise would be to follow the people who set the right example. Follow the right direction and absorb all the good qualities," said Tendulkar, who will be taking oath Monday as a Rajya Sabha member in New Delhi.

The fifth season of the IPL witnessed five domestic cricketers suspended, pending enquiry, on charges of spot-fixing.

The suspended players are T.P.Sudhindra (Deccan Chargers), Mohnish Mishra (Pune Warriors), Amit Yadav (Kings XI Punjab), Shalabh Shrivastava (Kings XI Punjab) and first-class cricketer Abhinav Bali. The players were exposed in a sting operation conducted by a TV channel.

CBI's former officer Ravi Sawani, a former chief of International Cricket Council (ICC) Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU), has been assigned to interrogate the players and submit a report. (IANS)