India captain - IPL will survive
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is certain the future of the Indian Premier League is not in doubt.
Last Updated: 28/04/10 9:45am
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is confident the IPL has a long-term future despite the recent suspension of tournament chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi.
Modi must answer wide-ranging allegations of financial impropriety after being suspended and issued with a show-cause notice by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
The IPL and its franchisees are also enveloped in a multi-level government probe into alleged financial irregularities.
But Dhoni, who led the Chennai Super Kings to victory in the third edition of the Twenty20 league, believes the IPL will emerge unscathed from the current crisis.
"The IPL is here to stay," he said. "It's just that the board needs to come up with something better every year.
"Not one individual, but a few brains will have to work together to ensure it stays innovative."
On Modi's situation, he added: "It's difficult to say how much of an impact Lalit Modi's absence would have on the tournament.
"He was part of it for the first three years, we have grown and with each season we have come up with something better.
"There are so many allegations flying around and I think it's up to the authorities to look into what has happened.
"There is a government probe going on and the IPL governing council is also involved in setting things right.
"I'm sure they will come up with something that is good for everyone involved.
"We need to be patient and we certainly have enough time because the next edition is a year away."
Dhoni also cautioned against rushing to conclusions after accusations of match-fixing by several players during the second IPL season in South Africa last year emerged in the Indian media.
"Match-fixing is the worst allegation that can ever be brought against a cricketer, but it needs to be handled very carefully and you need to have concrete proof," he said.
"I think cricketers involved in match-fixing ought to be punished in the most severe possible way, but no step should be taken unless you are 100 percent sure the player is involved.
"The damage made by a false allegation is irreparable.
"As a player, the worst thing that can happen is not going out of form or being dropped from the team, but to be accused of match-fixing."