Rahul Dravid's message: Stay vigilant, be sharp, to keep IPL clean

He won't be seen on the cricket field as a cricketer any more but Dravid, who now plans to take a holiday, says that keeping the sport clean will need constant monitoring.

updated: October 08, 2013 09:55 IST
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Former India cricketer Rahul Dravid, who played his final competitive match on Sunday, said that cricket and Indian Premier League in particular needs constant vigilance to ensure it is kept clean and free from the influence of miscreants.

Known for being a true gentleman in international cricket, Dravid played his final match for Rajasthan Royals in the Champions League T20 match against Mumbai Indians on Sunday. While he said his journey with the team was emotional, the spot-fixing scandal involving three Royals' players was disappointing. "Will it (cricket) be clean ever again? I don't know. But what this (spot-fixing scandal) taught us is that you will have to be vigilant all the time. This has taught us that you can never put your foot down because the people who want to corrupt the game are not going away. You have to be a lot more sharper," the veteran player told NDTV in an exclusive chat on Monday.

Dravid also said that keeping cricket clean was all about individuals making the right decisions. "You can have as much policing as you want but if individuals make the wrong choices, sometimes, it's very hard."

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