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'Shocked, Disappointed And Distressed'

'Shocked, Disappointed And Distressed'
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Rahul Dravid, a captain who's always taken pride in his integrity and his team, was visibly devastated by the spot-fixing shocker involving three of his team mates.

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 and we have always operated as a family. So this is devastating to us.

Spot-fixing and corruption have hung over the game of Cricet which is extremely sad and dangerous.

And I know that the BCCI, the Rajasthan Royals and we in the team take the same zero-tolerance view of the situation.

The RR owners and management have made their zero-tolerance policy clear at every possible moment. I am sure they will support any action taken.

For me as a captain and leader I have to focus on ensuring 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 the desire to win and this has been evident throughout the tournament.

The players and people around the team are hurting.

I hope that our fans will get behind us and we become stronger as a unit, which often happens in the times of adversity.

This has been a tough day for me, team and for the cricket.

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Paddy Upton, Coach, Rajasthan Royals

As Rahul says, the Rajasthan Royals environment is a special one, where we focus on teamship, 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.

Team Management, Rajasthan Royals

We fully support the statements issued by the BCCI President earlier this afternoon. We must all have zero-tolerance to match fixing and corruption. Should these allegations be proven, we will support the strongest of actions. We are supporting the BCCI and the authorities fully , and we will continue to do so.

 

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