New Delhi: Rahul Dravid has claimed his comments on restoring the credibility of the game, after the recent IPL spot-fixing scandal, have been taken out of context.
In a message, which was posted on Twitter by a cricket website to which Dravid gave the interview, the former India captain said: “It is disappointing that my comments have been taken out of context by some sections of the media.”
Dravid also urged the readers to wait for the full interview, which will be published on Wednesday. Dravid had expressed anguish over the recent IPL spot-fixing scandal and its fallout, saying that restoring the credibility of the game is of utmost importance failing which cricketers may lose respect of their fans.
“There are so many fans and so many people who care deeply about this game and it is because of these fans that we are who we are as cricketers.
“Administrators are there because of the fans and the cricketers to run this game, so credibility of a game, or a board, or even a government for that matter, is important irrespective of what you do. If you are in public life it is important,” he had said.
Three players from the Rajasthan Royals were arrested on charges of spot-fixing and Dravid said that such episodes were not good for the image of the players.
“A certain amount of reverence, respect and love for cricketers can diminish, and I think it's a really sad thing for cricket in this country if that had to happen,” Dravid said.
Speaking almost on the same lines, another former cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar had said on Monday that the administrators do not respond adequately to such crisis since they know that fans have never turned their back on the game, no matter what happens.
“When the match-fixing chapter was written in Indian cricket in 1999-2000, when some of the Indian stalwarts were banned, people thought Indian cricket had this severe jolt of credibility and it would all be downhill from then on,” Manjrekar said.