New Delhi: Days after Justice Lodha Committee announced its verdict on Indian Premier League (IPL) betting case, Rajasthan Royals mentor Rahul Dravid said that though it was tough on the league, the verdict must be respected.
Three Rajasthan Royals player, including S Sreesanth, were found guilty and sentenced to prison after the spot- fixing scandal broke out two years ago. Dravid, who was at the helm of Rajasthan Royals then, said that he would have intervened had he known that the players of his franchise were involved in wrong doing.
"I was not aware that the three players were doing something suspicious, if I knew I would have dealt with it. I had no clue and I had spoken clearly to the Mudgal commitee about it," Dravid, who is the India 'A' coach, said at a press conference ahead of the series against Australia 'A'.
Dravid, one of the most respected figures in world cricket, expressed his disappointment over the betting scandal, however said that the decision must be respected.
"It is unfortunately the young players, who probably would have got an opportunity, who miss out. So you feel disappointed for them but you have to respect the decision because the Supreme court had more information and they must have thought it through," he said.
The Wall went on to add that both franchises - Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals had some very good players and he would have intervened if he knew that the players were doing wrong.
Dravid also said that it was sad to see that the players had to suffer for the act of their owners.
"It is disappointing that sometimes actions of one or two people can have an impact for so many people. Generally, in a situation like this, it is the bottom of the pyramid who are the most affected. Generally, the top players, coaches always find stuff to do after that. It is not difficult for top players of our team to be picked by other teams," Dravid said.
Earlier in a sensational verdict, the three-member Supreme Court appointed Lodha committee found Chennai Super Kings (CSK) official Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals (RR) co-owner Raj Kundra guilty, and imposed life suspensions on the duo.
The committee also suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from participating in the IPL for a period of two years.
(With Agency inputs)