India news August 7, 2013

Dravid wants fixing to be criminal offence

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rahul Dravid has called for match-fixing and spot-fixing to be made criminal offences, adding that the fear of the law would be a huge deterrent to potential fixers. Dravid also wanted more education of players in the junior levels about the problem of fixing.

The latest episode of on-field cricket corruption surfaced in May when three of Dravid's Rajasthan Royals' team-mates were arrested for alleged spot-fixing.

"My personal belief is that education and counselling at a junior level is really important," Dravid said in an extensive interview to ESPNcricinfo. "I think we've got to start early, we've got to start young but … that part of it is already being done. I know that India has its own ACSU and even for Ranji Trophy teams this education is given."

Along with awareness problems, Dravid emphasised the need for stringent laws. "I don't think only education can work, policing it and having the right laws and ensuring that people when they indulge in this kind of activities are actually punished. People must see that there are consequences to your actions. That will create fear for people."

Dravid referred to cycling, a sport that has seen many of its leading stars admit to taking performance-enhancing drugs in recent years, to highlight why awareness programs alone were not sufficient. "Everyone knows it's wrong, and it's frightening, having read a little bit about it and the number of cyclists who were doing it. Surely all know it's wrong.

"So the only people those cyclists were scared of was not the testers, not the authority, they were scared of the police. You read all the articles, the only guys they were scared of was the police and going to jail. So the only way that people are going to get that fear is if they know the consequences to these actions and the law that will come into play. It's got to be a criminal offence."

The three Royals players arrested on allegations of spot-fixing - Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila - have all been charged under the strict Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), a special law passed by the Maharashtra state government to tackle organised crime syndicates and terrorism.

"The case is still on and I don't want to make any judgement on whether people are guilty or not and I think everyone has a right to be innocent until he's proven guilty and I'm glad the police is going ahead and doing what needs to be done and taking it to its logical conclusion."

Click here to read the full transcript of the interview

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  • Dummy4 on August 13, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    He and Sachin should take initiation with the help of all retired players to form a panel for discussion of loopholes required to be improved in cricket to save cricket.

  • Rupan on August 12, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    The real hero and all time favorite player of the entire cricketing world is again in the crease as usual to handle the crisis as a wall. I salute you RD. As a complete cricketer you were the best, you are the best and of course you will remain the best.

  • Dummy4 on August 9, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    Very Very Well Said Rahul. Education and Policing is a must in any sport. Cricket badly needs it.

  • Dummy4 on August 8, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    I am not trying to question Rahul Dravid (my second favorite player followed by Tendulkar) character, even though I agree with him, but wonder why is he saying it now. Why did not he bring up the idea when he was playing?

  • Ananth on August 8, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    even here, couple of people have brought sachin into the mix !!! haha

  • Ananth on August 8, 2013, 22:14 GMT

    Posted by mnrusimh on (August 7, 2013, 18:42 GMT) It is worth noting that of all the senior players (currently playing as well as retired), Dravid is the only one who commented on the crisis. God knows what happened to the likes of Gavaskar, Shastri, Ganguly, Kumble and of course, Tendulkar.

    So what?????

  • ESPN on August 8, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    ## Rahul Dravid is a good thinking player no doubt about it now he showing us how one best player can be a honest person as well Salute him##

  • Dummy4 on August 8, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Only one player in the entire Indian cricket fraternity can speak the truth... his name is Rahul Sharad Dravid #respect

  • Naveed on August 8, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    the wall has spoken.............................

  • Android on August 8, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Once again Dravid hits the nail on the head. Can't agree with him more - fixing is serious fraud (as is taking performance-enhancing drugs).