MS Dhoni believes spot-fixing is a bigger crime than murder (Image Credit: Twitter)
New Delhi :
The twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League is all set to begin on March 23 when MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will take on Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to start off marque T20 tournament. All the franchises are working regressively with the full fortitude to get their ideal playing eleven in place before their first game. With this, it wouldn't be wrong to say that we are all set to witness another crackerjack of a tournament. Before this, CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni went on to talk about the spot-fixing incident in the documentary released by the franchise. He believes that spot-fixing is even worse than murder.
“The biggest crime that I can commit is not a murder, it is actually match-fixing,” he said. Dhoni led the Chennai franchise to its third IPL title in 2018, making it a dream return to the competition after the team served out a two-year ban for its management’s role in the 2013 spot-fixing scandal.
“The team was involved, I was accused too. It was a tough phase for all of us. Fans felt that the punishment was harsh. Coming back was an emotional moment and I have always said, what doesn’t kill you makes you strong,” says Dhoni in the 45-second trailer of documentary ‘Roar of the Lion’ which will be streamed on Hotstar from March 20. Dhoni had not commented on the turmoil before this. In July 2015, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended from the cash-rich cricket league for two years for betting activities of their key officials Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra during the 2013 season.
Both the officials were banned for life from being involved in any cricket matches conducted by the BCCI. The punishment was handed down by a Supreme Court- appointed three-member committee headed by former CJI R M Lodha, which held that the betting activities of the two officials, Meiyappan and Kundra, then a co-owner of Rajasthan Royals, brought the game of cricket, BCCI, and IPL into disrepute. The 2019 edition of the IPL begins March 23 with Chennai Super Kings hosting Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai.