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Rahul Dravid fears fans may lose respect

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Former India captain, and one of the greatest batsman the game has seen, Rahul Dravid expressed his distress over the ongoing crisis that surrounds the Indian Cricket Board, the BCCI.

Dravid, who retired from international cricket early this year, has been left horrified after the most recent controversy to hit Indian cricket.

Players from Rajasthan Royals: the team he has led for two years in the IPL, were at the centre of the spot fixing scandal to hit IPL-2013. 

Things turned uglier when some top heads of the IPL owners including Srinivasan's son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan, and Raj Kundra, part owner of Rajasthan Royals, were accused of the involvement as well, forcing BCCI chief N Srinivasan (who himself owns the Chennai SuperKings) to step aside, temporarily, while the matter was investigated.

"Things like this don't help, when we are on the front pages of the newspapers and not on the back," Dravid told ESPN Cricinfo.

"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."

The former Cricketer of the Year, often hailed as the last 'classical test batsman', is considered as one of the more erudite and upright ambassadors of the game.

The controversy did not end there though. The Mumbai High Court has declared that the two-member panel, commissioned to probe the issue, was 'illegal and unconstitutional'. 

The BCCI has challenged this in the Supreme Court though.

"A certain amount of reverence, respect and love for cricketers can diminish, and I think it's a really, really sad thing for cricket in this country if that had to happen," Dravid added.

 

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