IPL has got its share of bad name, says MS Dhoni

New Delhi, Feb 15: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni today stayed away from commenting on the sweeping changes Supreme Court appointed Lodha Commission has recommended on the functioning of the Indian cricket board.

IPL squads after the auction

"Lodha Commission has not given me the report. So you have to ask the BCCI (about what they plan to do," said Dhoni here today. (Emotional Dhoni talks about CSK)

A file picture of MS Dhoni

IPL and controversies go hand in hand but Dhoni defended the cash-rich league. "Yes, it (IPL) has got its share of bad name but you have to look at the positives as well. It is a platform where you can identify the players on the domestic circuit, gauge their performance throughout the season. It is also about how the young players handle pressure, you see youngsters embracing it. I think that is fantastic for Indian cricket.

"Yes, money is a big factor. People talk about cricketers getting a lot of money. Yes, a lot of cricketers are getting a lot of money but at the same time, thousands and thousands of them are not."

Sanjiv Goenka, owner of new IPL franchise Pune Supergiants, sharing the dais with Dhoni, was also asked about his thoughts on brand IPL taking a hit.

"I have been asked this before. I am not going to comment about the past. We take it as it comes. We are not thinking beyond two years. An opportunity came to be associated with IPL for two years and we took it," said Goenka.

Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions have replaced the suspended Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals for the coming two seasons.


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