I hope nobody suffers like I did: Ajit Chandila

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Tainted Rajasthan Royals cricketer Ajit Chandila has said that he has faith in the Indian judiciary and expects the truth to prevail following his arrest by the Delhi Police on charges of spot-fixing IPL matches.

In an exclusive interview to Zee Media, Chandila said that he hopes nobody has to endure what he went through following allegations of his involvement in spot-fixing scandal.

“My elder brother was admitted in a hospital a day after my arrest. A lot has happened in my life since then. I pray god doesn’t let this happen to anyone else,” Chandila told Zee Media.

On the question of whether he believed he was being framed, Chandila refused to say anything but expected that justice will be done and asked his fans to pray for him.

Reports of his penchant for luxury jeans and watches made headlines following the revelations and raised many eyebrows. However, Chandila, whose interim bail period ends today, says that everybody has a liking for wearing good clothes and watches and every cricketer playing in Ranji or IPL is paid handsomely.

“Each cricketer participating in Ranji or IPL gets paid handsomely. Everyone likes wearing good clothes and watches. It is not that this is possible with wrong means. In fact, we’re paid enough that we don’t have to resort to any wrong means,” he said.

He added that nobody should interfere in his personal life.

He claimed that he has full support of his IPL team Rajasthan Royals and that his captain Rahul Dravid knows him very well and he hasn’t spoken anything negative about him.

He also sympathised with teammates and co-accused in the spot-fixing case S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan saying what they have suffered shouldn’t be endured by any other sportsman.

Chandila said that his passion for cricket is still alive and he hopes to be back on the playing field soon.

“My dream was to become a cricketer and I’ve worked very hard to achieve that. My performances in the past two seasons of IPL are a testament to that. God willing, I’ll soon make a comeback,” he said.