Mumbai v Rajasthan, IPL 2013, 2nd qualifier, Kolkata May 25, 2013

No point cancelling the tournament, says Dravid

ESPNcricinfo staff
50

Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid expressed hope that investigators would "reveal the truth about spot-fixing" so that the IPL could regain the trust of cricket fans. He also emphatically stated that cancelling the tournament was not a solution to the current corruption crisis that the league faces.

"The truth always sets you free, that's what I believe," Dravid said. "I really hope that we just find out the truth and get to the bottom of it, whatever it is and however painful it may be."

Speaking to the media after his team's loss to Mumbai Indians in the qualifier, Dravid praised the IPL but said the tournament needed to address and "correct" the challenges before it.

"I have always said the IPL in itself is a fantastic tournament. There are a lot of positives about it but there are challenges in the IPL as well, as we have seen in the last week, ten days. There are other challenges that come up from time to time and have to be dealt with. There is no point - if you completely throw away the tournament, it is like throwing away the baby with the bathwater.

"An issue of betting is not only about the IPL. An issue of betting has been seen in the past also in international cricket. We don't stop international cricket because of that. If that yardstick was used, then we should stop all cricket. But I think we need to sort the issues out rather than make big statements, like "cancel the IPL and throw it away and all that", because there are some really good positives that do come out of it."

Dravid, who led Royals to their best finish in the IPL since their title win in 2008, said his team could take pride in their campaign this season. Against Mumbai at the Eden Gardens, Royals made a strong comeback into the match, taking four wickets in 16 matches to force a close finish, but couldn't defend their total of 165.

"It's always disappointing when you lose a game but it was a close game. It was one of those that could have gone either way. Unfortunately, we ended up on the losing side," Dravid said. "That's disappointing, but all the boys in the team can be proud of the way we fought today as well as the whole campaign."

Dravid also said that the forthcoming Champions League T20, for which Royals have qualified with their third-place finish, would be his last tournament. "At 41, 12 months is a long way away," he laughed. "We have luckily qualified for the Champions League, I think that will be it."

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • snow.leopards on May 28, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    u gone.. sachin gone... jumbo already gone, dada already gone... viru's and yuvi's prospects ain't looking bright either... for me cricket is getting boring now... it isn't that i havent seen generations changing.. started watching and playing cricket when kapil, srikanth were playing.. followed when likes of sachin and jumbo took opver.. sidhu was there, so was jadeja, robin singh..... then came dada, dravid, VVS soon to be followed by viru, yuvi, zak and bhajji.. but don't know why the next generation ( kohli, jadeja, raina) excite me that much. m,ay be their abusive attitude or whatever.... once viru and yuvi go it will be difficult for me to follow cricket

  • NareshPodi on May 27, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    Dravid, you are the main reason for me to play cricket and watching whenever you play. It hurts everyone like me who always likes to watch RD plays, (Live, Repeat and on Youtube). Still there is lot more cricket in you. Please do not retire now.

  • latecut_04 on May 27, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    We lament the lack of role models for new generation of which cricketers are also included.How about confering knighthood to Rahul Dravid and setting a role model for global cricketers.Dont know the parameters and the process of selection but right now cannot think of anyone else who deserves the prefix 'sir' more than this 'steel beneath the silk' gentleman.Also he belongs to the generation of 'a few rotten eggs' and didnt allow himself to be rotten which is of utmost importance.With fixing being a menace in county cricket as well wouldnt this be a perfect template setting?any thoughts.....

  • boxer44 on May 26, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    How can you honestly gaughe the strength of Samson,Singh and others when there are facing owlers that have to give a certain amount of runs per over? 6 deliveries can fetch 20 runs easily if the bowler i trying to leak runs, so we dont know if these young are really as good as they appear. It becomes even more worrisome when the umpires are involved also as a no ball called can result in a maximum of 12 runs for the batsman if he hits a 6 off the nb then he has a free hit.then we have lbws that were certainly out but not given another life to the batsman to score more runs. All records achieved in IPL should be erased or have an asterik. Even my favorite player's (Gayle) 175 seems to be a gift as he was served long hops and full tosses in that game. IPL is entertainment scrioted like WWE. Lets GO MI beat Supekings and they crooked organisation.

  • dummy4fb on May 26, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Is anyone surprised about the spot fixing etc... Once a tournament of this size was going to be held on the sub-continent it was all very inevitable I'm afraid.

  • dummy4fb on May 26, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Suspend CSK, then RR will play the final, lol We have our indian captain playing for CSK, suspending CSK will bring shame not only to CSK fans it will be a disaster for the likes of MSD, Hussey, Raina. They had given every thing in the field. Suspend CSK bring shame to nation. What a woeful & cruel thinking. BCCI has to investigate each and every franchise owners and i believe there would lot of betting involvement can come to light. People found guilty should be banned for life. Three players caught and th story transferred to CSK owner, now what happened to that 3 players, D.Police said lot of players were found guilty in this spot fixing. But story closed....lol. Whoever it might be bring everyone who did the wrong doings. I believe only few have been caught. What is next.

  • dummy4fb on May 26, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    In the late 90s, when a number of players were banned due to match fixing, BCCI (and presumably the ICC) shared information that a lot of fixing took place in Sharjah and they decided that the Indian cricket team will never tour Sharjah again. Presumably, the Indian team in the last 13 years or so has been close to clean (except for a few rotten eggs we may never know about). Circa 2013 and we find out that a lot of fixing takes place in IPL and that IPL may have been a route for the same ugly faces (that were involved in the earlier match fixing scandal) to become involved in fixing in cricket again. At least so far it seems that most of the fixing takes place in IPL - Shouldn't the same rules that applied to Sharjah apply to IPL (especially it seems to have been successful)? Even before the fixing scandal, we could see the ugly side of IPL through Lalit Modi and then Srinivasan's politics. N the answer to that was Sab Chalta hai. Are we Indians as a nation mature enough for an IPL?

  • Wefinishthis on May 25, 2013, 23:13 GMT

    Vivek Pradhan - I wouldn't say that, Pujara is looking to be one of the greats. He may end up even better than Dravid/Tendulkar.

  • MWaqqar on May 25, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    RD retiring after Champions League what a loss, but time is so cruel it has to happen. Hope Dravid will continue in another role and bless cricket.

  • vpk23 on May 25, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    Dravid....you indeed did look disturbed the past week or beyond...Trust all will be benefical to the team and the country in the coming day...