Ahemdabad: Former India cricket captain Rahul Dravid said on Saturday that young players should take Ranji Trophy seriously as it can become their ticket to the Indian Premier League.

Dravid is the mentor of IPL team Rajasthan Royals.

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“When we pick players, we look a lot at their Ranji Trophy performance as well. Of course, there are specific T20 skills that we are looking for but we also want to see hunger, we also want to see consistency and we also want to see somebody who can deliver under pressure,” Dravid said.

“My advice to young players is they also (should) take the Ranji Trophy very, very seriously, because I think, without playing consistently successful domestic cricket, it is very, very unlikely that you will be able to succeed coming to the IPL,” he told reporters here when asked about the upcoming players giving importance to the IPL over domestic cricket.

Dravid also said that Rajasthan Royals are putting in place systems to prevent a repeat of the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) fixing scandal, but the players too need to remain on their guard to avoid any kind of shady approaches.

“We do follow the rules of IPL strictly, the rules laid down by the ACSU (Anti-Corruption and Security Unit of IPL). There are some protocols in place. There is a system in place which try and prevent a lot of these things from happening again,” Dravid said.

“The IPL took a lesson from the issues of match-fixing and spot-fixing. RR is alert and on vigil and we will try our best to stop such menace. Also there is responsibility of theindividuals and they also have to be (on) vigil and alert against such issues,” he said.

Three players including the former India pacer S Sreesanth were arrested for alleged role in spot-fixing in IPL in 2013.
Sreesanth, who was part of the 2011 World Cup team was also banned for life by the BCCI.