New Delhi, May 16: BCCI chief N Srinivasan has said its wrong to say that franchises are involved in spot-fixing following the sting operation conducted by a television channel which exposed cricketers' involvement.
After suspending five players from the cash-rich league, who were allegedly involved in spot-fixing, following the sting operation conducted by a private television channel, Srinivasan backed IPL franchises as he said it would be wrong to say if owners are involved in spot-fixing.
"All the franchisees are people of stature behind it. It will be wrong to presume they are doing something wrong and then make enquiries. If something comes to light it is different. All the franchisees are reputable people & I have respect for them," Srinivasan was quoted as saying by a TV channel.
Srinivasan however downplayed the issue saying that he doesn't want to generalise the same as only a few players were involved in fixing row.
"I don't think this operation can reflect what is going across the board. I can't deny what has happened because the evidence is there as what was shown yesterday. But at the same time it is a case of few individuals so I don't want to generalise on this," he said.
"I believe it will be a case of few individual players maybe out of greed or whatever taking wrong steps. I am not prepared to take a brush & paint the whole thing or say that this is rampant or anything like that."
However, he assured that BCCI will enquire if people are being paid more than their contract fee that has been stated by a few players in the sting operation.