New Delhi: Rahul Dravid, the former Indian batsman and current captain of IPL franchise Rahul Dravid, has released a statement in which he has expressed shock and disappointment at Thursday's revelations by the Delhi Police after the arrests of his Rajasthan team-mates Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan in Mumbai.
Speaking on behalf of the Rajasthan management, Dravid also said the team wholly supported the statements issued by BCCI president N Srinivasan who said the board will not hesitate in taking the strongest possible action against anyone who will be found guilty.
"I am shocked, disappointed, and distressed by the events that have resulted in the arrests last night and this morning. Rajasthan Royals is a special team, where we have always operated like a family - so this is particularly devastating. Spot fixing and corruption have hung over the game of cricket, and I know that the BCCI and RR take the same zero tolerance view of the situation," said Dravid in the statement.
"The RR owners and management have made their zero tolerance views clear on every possible occasion, and I am sure that they will support any action taken. For me, as a captain and leader, I have to focus on ensuring that the team fulfill their enormous potential and continue to play in the 'Rajasthan Royals' way. Our players are devastated that our performances may have been affected; as they have a desire to win that has been evident throughout the tournament. I hope that our fans get behind us even more, and that we become stronger as a unit - which often happens in times of adversity."
Rajasthan coach Paddy Upton said: "As Rahul says, the Rajasthan Royals environment is a special one, where we focus on team first, focus on the cricket, identify new players and promote young players to the front line. We challenge inexperience to compete with the most experienced - and that approach has risks.
"Today has seen an unfurling of events that have left us all shocked and disappointed, and we will support the franchise, the BCCI and the authorities in taking necessary actions to root out an evil that plagues our game. However, we will not let the team lose its focus on completing what has been a magnificent tournament. We cannot let 'bad eggs' ruin the game that we all love, affect the values that RR holds dear, and destroy an environment that we have worked hard to take to a new level."
Sreesanth was detained from a friend's residence in New Delhi while Chandila and Chavan were picked up from two separate hotels in Mumbai. Sreesanth was later produced in the Saket court in the capital.