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    Sachin Tendulkar shocked and disappointed over fixing scandal

    New Delhi: Breaking his silence over the spot-fixing scandal that rocked Indian cricket in the recent past, Sachin Tendulkar has expressed his shock and disappointment over the developments in the last two weeks.

    "Developments in the last two weeks have been shocking and disappointing," Tendulkar said in a statement on Friday. "It always hurts me when [the] game of cricket is in news for wrong reasons," he added.

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    When the greats of the game of past and present have been tight-lipped over the issue that has tarnished the image of Indian cricket, Tendulkar's comments might do the work of soothing the feelings of many fans who felt cheated when the scandal came into light.

    "As cricketers we are always taught to go out, fight hard, give our very best and play in the true spirit of the game.

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    "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.

    "The faith reposed by the millions of fans should be justified and we owe it to them to ensure that Indian cricket is all about pride and joy," he added.

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