Kolkata: Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid hopes that investigators will "get to the bottom of the mess and reveal the truth" about spot fixing.

"I believe truth sets you free. I sincerely hope that we get to the bottom of this mess and reveal whatever the truth is, no matter how painful it is," Dravid told media persons after his team went down fighting to the Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier match at Eden Gardens on Friday.

Batting for the league, Dravid said the menace of betting was not peculiar to IPL. "Betting is not an issue only with the IPL, but also with international cricket. But you don't stop the game for that. Instead of making big statements like cancelling the IPL, I think we must all focus on facing the challenge.”

"IPL is a fantastic tournament with lots of positives. But then there will be challenges which one has to face. There is no point throwing the baby out with the bathwater," said Dravid.

The IPL scam, which seems to be getting bigger day by day, came to light when Rajasthan Royals' players S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan were arrested on spot fixing charges last week.

More details came to the fore when Mumbai Police arrested late actor and wrestler Dara Singh’s son – Vindoo Dara Singh for his alleged links with bookies. During interrogation, Vindoo confessed his role of being involved in match fixing and also named Chennai Super Kings’ Team CEO Gurunath Meiyappan, the son in law of Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) chief N Srinivasan.

It was later found that Vindoo called Gurunath 35 times in a day. Besides, Vindoo reportedly called a bookie immediately after ending telephonic conversation with Gurunath.

Vindoo further mentioned that Gurunath lost Rs 1 crore in betting following which Mumbai Police reached the latter’s residence. Though the cops did not find Gurunath at his home in Chennai, he was finally arrested late on Friday.

Admitting that the scandal has come as a rude shock, Rahul Dravid said it would take time for him and his team members to overcome it. "You plan for lot of things including failures and disappointment. But when a thing like this comes up, you don't know what to do. It's challenging. It will take time for all of us to get over this," Dravid added.

(JPN/Agencies)

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