We will seek punishment for the bad: Rajasthan Royals
Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals today sought punishment if the three players arrested for their alleged role in spot-fixing in the ongoing Indian Premier League are found guilty, but the franchise assured full support to its rest of the squad as it prepares for the play-offs.
‘The actions must be punished. As a franchise, we will protect the good, as well as seek punishment for the bad,’ Rajasthan Royals said in a statement.
Following the emergent meeting of the BCCI`s Working Committee working meeting earlier in the day, Rajasthan reiterated that it maintains its zero-tolerance approach.
‘As we have stated on several occasions, we, along with the BCCI and other IPL franchises, take a zero-tolerance approach to spot or game fixing. The impact on the game, our team, and our franchise has been devastating,’ the franchise said.
The IPL last week found itself engulfed in a sensational spot-fixing scandal after Indian paceman S Sreesanth and two of his Rajasthan Royals teammates were arrested by the police which claimed that they received upto Rs 60 lakh from bookies for bowling one manipulated over.
‘It is critical that this evil is rooted out of the game, and as such we will be filing FIR`s with the Delhi police, based on the information provided. This will ensure that justice is pursued to its most complete end, and that the police are able to appropriately conduct their investigation.’
‘The reputational impact on the franchise, our players, our stakeholders, and the game has been immense.’
The franchise also requested the media to show restraint.
‘We would also request that the media show due restraint in the reporting of the events as it relates to our other players. The authorities have confirmed that the issue relates only to these three players, and we have a squad who have shown extraordinary commitment, and loyalty through an unprecedented set of events.’
‘In the quest for information, names have appeared in the media, all of which have been immediately cleared by the authorities. We stand firmly with our squad, and will pursue any defamation with the utmost vigor.’
A special cell of the Delhi police arrested Sreesanth and his teammates -- Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan -- in Mumbai last Thursday for indulging in spot-fixing in at least three IPL matches as per arrangements with bookies, who have underworld connections abroad.
Rajasthan also congratulated skipper Rahul Dravid for leading the side to the play-offs.
‘We are trying to prepare for the toughest part of the tournament, albeit with the unswerving loyalty of our fans.’
‘We want to also take this opportunity to congratulate Rahul Dravid and his squad on achieving the playoffs, in spite of the misguided and reprehensible actions of three players.’