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'Cricket's biggest chance to clean itself': Dravid

Published: Saturday, September 4, 2010, 17:19 [IST]
 
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'Investigate when matters are ripe'

Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid has acknowledged the ICC's latest move to handover suspension to three tainted Pakistan players for their alleged role in spot-fixing and said that the current scandal is 'cricket's biggest chance to clean itself'.

Dravid said he wanted the investigation to be carried out thoroughly when matters are ripe "with the law of the land behind them."

"The last thing we need is for the events of this week to be swept under the carpet. No guilt must be attached until the investigations are complete, and everyone deserves a fair chance to defend themselves. But the process must be thorough and comprehensive," Dravid said.

He also recommended severe penalties to those proven guilty and face the consequences for their act.

"It (scandal) has been a horrible scar on cricket, cricketers and fans."

"The most necessary outcome would be swift and strong punishment to anyone found guilty."

"In the past people once judged guilty turned up after a few months just because time had passed. It was as if everyone had forgotten what days like these feel like for the majority of honest players in the game," the right-hander was quoted as saying by Cricinfo.

About ICC's Anti-Corruption Code, he said, "It's not just about the right rules being laid down but also ensuring that people who break those rules pay the penalties and face the consequences."

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