BCCI President N Srinivasan has insisted that the arrest of three players for spot-fixing has not tarnished the IPL beyond repair.
Speaking at a press conference, Srinivasan said, "I'm sad that a cricketer who has played Tests for India is involved. That doesn't mean everybody is corrupt. I don't agree that the IPL cannot continue or that the game of cricket should be stopped."
"BCCI was shocked that this has happened. We never expected this. It was a bolt from the blue. But one or two bad eggs here and there cannot sully the entire game," he added.
Asked whether any action was intended against the Rajasthan Royals franchise, he said, "Rajasthan Royals have communicated to the BCCI and issued a press release as well that they have zero tolerance for this. We are very glad to hear that."
Srinivasan promised that the action taken by the BCCI would prevent such incidents in the future. "We thought that when we made an example of some players last year, the message would be clear. It is truly sad but we will not lose faith. The action we take against these players will be a sufficient deterrent for the future," he said.
He, however, refused to comment on Sreesanth's father's allegation that Dhoni and Harbhajan were responsible for Sreesanth's woes.