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Former India opening seizure and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir has spoken out against surrogate advertising in Indian cricket. Speaking at an event with The Indian Express, Gambhir said that if BCCI president Sourav Ganguly approves a fantasy league platform, other players cannot be stopped from following suit.
“If the BCCI president (Ganguly) does it, you can’t expect other players not to do it. When he says no one should do it, I think everyone should follow that… It has to come from above. Or we should completely ban this in India. It cannot be state. And nobody should be allowed to endorse that,” Gambhir said.
Gambhir also said that most of the sponsorship money in the IPL today comes from fantasy gaming platforms and it takes collective will from the board to stop the threat of surrogate advertising.
“In the IPL, most of the endorsement and sponsorship are fantasy league games like Dream 11. It should be a collective decision by the BCCI whether we should let this happen or not,” he added.
Gambhir also spoke on a range of topics at the event, including the culture of ‘hero worship’ in Indian cricket.
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