Gautam Gambhir: Former star cricketer for India who is now a politician, doesn’t mince words. He is known for expressing his opinions frequently on controversial topics. Once again, he has taken a jibe on the BCCI President, Saurav Ganguly.
Recently, in an interview, Gautam Gambhir was asked about his opinions on ‘Dream11’ and other fantasy league marketing apps. The former Indian opener made it clear about his stance on the issue, saying that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should decide collectively on the topic.
Additionally, he said that if BCCI’s president is himself a part of these kind of advertisements, then, other players can’t be asked to shy away from it. “In the IPL, most of the endorsements and sponsorships are from fantasy league games such as Dream11. It should be a collective decision from the BCCI whether we should allow this to happen or not,” Gambhir was quoted saying in the interview.
“If the BCCI president is doing it, you can’t expect other players not to do it. If he says that no one should be allowed to do it, I think everyone should follow that … It has to come from the top. Either we should ban this completely in India. It can’t be state-wise. And no one should be allowed to endorse that,” Gambhir said.
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Fantasy gaming platforms’ growth
Over the past few years, fantasy gaming platforms have experienced tremendous growth in India. These platforms even fund a number of cricket competitions, including franchise leauges and international competitions.
Numerous Indian cricketers support and endorse these platforms, boosting interest among their fans. While there is no doubting of the popularity of these platforms, many have criticised fantasy apps for being addictive and posing a financial danger.