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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Make spot-fixing a criminal offence: Rahul Dravid

Former India captain Rahul Dravid feels that match fixing and spot fixing must be punishable under the law and should be made criminal offences. He also said that this will ensure that cricketers are deterred in the future from contemplating making a quick buck.

Three months back, Dravid's IPL team Rajasthan Royals' was in news for the wrong reasons when three of his young teammates were alleged of spot-fixing. Dravid believes that the educating youngsters can help them keep off unscrupulous activities but adds that it may not serve the complete purpose. "My personal belief is that education and counseling at a junior level is really important. (However) I don't think only education can work, policing it and having the right laws and ensuring that people when they indulge in this kind of activities are actually punished. People must see that there are consequences to your actions. That will create fear for people," Dravid told ESPNCricinfo.

Although upset with the controversy that struck the team in IPL-6, Rahul Dravid does not wish to pass any judgment on his alleged teammates. "The case is still on and I don't want to make any judgement on whether people are guilty or not and I think everyone has a right to be innocent until he's proven guilty and I'm glad the police is going ahead and doing what needs to be done and taking it to its logical conclusion," he said.

Dravid also referred to cycling, a sport which was marred by the recent doping incident and said that effective results in the sport were achieved because of police action. "The only people those cyclists were scared of was not the testers, not the authority, they were scared of the police. You read all the articles, the only guys they were scared of was the police and going to jail. It's got to be a criminal offence," he said.

The veteran batsmen with over 24,000 runs in international cricket believes that credibility in the eyes of the public is extremely important and it should be kept intact.
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