Wrong to say franchise owners are involved: Srinivasan

Board of Control for Cricket in India president N Srinivasan yesterday refused to believe that the Indian Premier League's franchise owners could be involved in the latest spot-fixing scandal to hit the sport.

The BCCI chief said it would be wrong to suggest that the owners have any role in it.

N Srinivasan
N Srinivasan (front).

“All the franchises have people of stature behind them. It will be wrong to presume they are doing something wrong and then make enquiries. If something comes to light, it is different. All the franchises are reputable people and I have respect for them,” Srinivasan told TV channel CNN-IBN. 

Srinivasan said the sting operation seemed to point towards a few individuals who could be in the wrong and and not necessarily the entire system being a problem.

“I don’t think this operation can reflect what is going on across the board. I can’t deny what has happened because the evidence is there as what was shown yesterday.

But at the same time, it is a case of a few individuals, so I don’t want to generalise on this. I believe it will be a case of a few individual players maybe out of greed or whatever taking wrong steps. I am not prepared to take a brush and paint the whole thing or say that this is rampant or anything like that.”

He also said that the BCCI will check on whether certain players are being paid more than their contract fee as claimed in the sting operation.

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