Canberra: Rahul Dravid has called for cricket's players and administrators to tackle the game's challenges by taking decisions that would always "respect the fan." He was delivering the annual Bradman Oration on Wednesday, the first cricketer from outside Australia invited to do so in the ten-year history of the event. (Read Full Speech Here)
The 40-minute speech, delivered at the Anzac Hall at the National War Memorial, Canberra, urged the game's stakeholders to remember that "everything that has given cricket its power and influence in the world of sports has started from that fan in the stadium." Dravid said players needed to think of the fans when they played the game, in terms of conduct, intensity and integrity. Administrators, he believed, needed to keep the viewing public in mind when they tried to handle the trickiest of the challenges, balancing the three formats in cricket.
"They (the fans) deserve our respect and let us not take them for granted. Disrespecting fans is disrespecting the game. The fans have stood by our game through everything. When we play, we need to think of them. As players, the balance between competitiveness and fairness can be tough but it must be found."