Spot-fixing roils Indian cricket, but M S Dhoni stays mum, obeys BCCI gag order

M S DhoniM S Dhoni. PTI photo

Team India skipper M S Dhoni, ahead of the Champions Trophy departure, has maintained his silence over the IPL spot-fixing scandal despite being prodded time and again by the gathered mediamen today.

However, Dhoni refused to answer even a single question as the BCCI officials surrounding him kept intervening whenever a question was asked on the scandal.

A slightly smiling Dhoni allowed the officials to have their way, in effect agreeing to the unannounced gag order that has been imposed on him - he has assiduously avoided mentioning the scandal despite it emerging as the biggest threat to the game itself.

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One persistent reporter asked Dhoni why he was refusing to speak at all on the biggest scandal that has hit India from the turn of the century and that the Indian cricket fans deserved and were justifiably expecting a reaction from the captain of Team India.

However, Dhoni kept his mouth shut and allowed the officials to dominate the proceedings.

Also, some pointed questions on his relationship with Vindoo Dara Singh, who was arrested for his role in the fixing scandal, went unanswered as Dhoni refused to be drawn - photos of Vindoo and Dhoni's wife Sakshi, that were prominently splashed across newsmedia, indicated that the family of the Indian skipper had some link with the actor.

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Another question that was put forward to Dhoni was how difficult it will be for him and the team to instil faith in the cricket loving people that everything would be "fair" during Champions Trophy. All Dhoni could manage was a chuckle.

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