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Former India opener and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir has spoken out against surrogate advertising in Indian cricket. speaking at an event with Indian ExpressGambhir said that if BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is endorsing a fantasy league platform then other players cannot be stopped from following suit.
“If BCCI President (Ganguly) is doing this, you cannot expect other players not to do it. If he says that no one should be allowed to do this, then I think everyone should follow it… it has to come from above. Either we should ban it completely in India. It cannot be state wise. And no one should be allowed to support it,” Gambhir said.
Gambhir also said that most of the sponsorship money in IPL these days is coming from fantasy gaming platforms and it will be the collective will of the board to stop the menace of surrogate advertising.
“In IPL, most of the advertising and sponsorship is from fantasy league games like Dream11. It should be a collective decision of the BCCI whether we should allow this to 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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