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Rahul Dravid's statement on spot-fixing row

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Published: Friday, May 17, 2013, 12:26 [IST]
 
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Hyderabad, May 17: Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid has called upon fans to support the team in the aftermath of spot-fixing allegations which have resulted in the arrest of three Royals' players.

On Thursday evening (May 16), Dravid said he was "shocked, disappointed and distressed" to hear about the arrests of S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan.

Rahul Dravid's statement on spot-fixing

Here are the statements released by Dravid, RR coach Paddy Upton and the team management

Rahul Dravid, RR captain

"I am shocked, disappointed, and distressed by the events that have resulted in the arrests last night and this morning. Rajasthan Royals is a special team, where we have always operated like a family - so this is particularly devastating.

"Spot fixing and corruption have hung over the game of cricket, and I know that the BCCI and RR take the same zero tolerance view of the situation. The RR owners and management have made their zero tolerance views clear on every possible occasion, and I am sure that they will support any action taken.

"For me, as a captain and leader, I have to focus on ensuring that the team fulfill their enormous potential and continue to play in the 'Rajasthan Royals' way. Our players are devastated that our performances may have been affected, as they have a desire to win that has been evident throughout the tournament.

"I hope that our fans get behind us even more, and that we become stronger as a unit - which often happens in times of adversity."

RR coach Paddy Upton

"As Rahul says, the Rajasthan Royals environment is a special one, where we focus on teamship, focus on the cricket, identify new players and promote young players to the front line. We challenge inexperience to compete with the most experienced - and that approach has risks.

"Today has seen an unfurling of events that have left us all shocked and disappointed, and we will support the franchise, the BCCI and the authorities in taking necessary actions to root out an evil that plagues our game. However, we will not let the team lose its focus on completing what has been a magnificent tournament.

"We cannot let 'bad eggs' ruin the game that we all love, affect the values that RR holds dear, and destroy an environment that we have worked hard to take to a new level."

Rajasthan Royals Team Management

"We have been informed that 3 of our players have been called in for investigation on spot fixing in matches. We are completely taken by surprise. We do not have the full facts at this point and are unable to confirm anything. We are in touch with the BCCI on this matter. We will fully cooperate with the authorities to ensure a thorough investigation. The management at Rajasthan Royals has a zero-tolerance approach to anything that is against the spirit of the game."

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