The Wall Gives His Take On Age Fraud In Cricket - Rahul Dravid Says It Leads To An 'Erosion Of Culture'

Indiatimes

Indiatimes

Author 2019-09-28 15:44:42

Rahul Dravid has achieved a lot in his career. Be it being the first ICC Test player of the year or becoming the Cricketer of the Year in 2004.

The man has over 200 Test catches as a non-keeper. He also played 31,258 balls, a Test record.

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But the man feels there is more that he could have done and can do.

"The Times Shield, for all of us outside Mumbai, was a tournament that players looked at with a lot of envy. Among the many things I have achieved, I would have loved to add playing in The Times Shield to them," Dravid said.

He also mentioned how Brijesh Patel had given him advice to play in Mumbai.

"However, as a young boy, I preferred being closer to home and instead played in the Chennai league," he said.

The Wall then gave his take on the problem of age fraud.

"It is up to the maidan secretaries, the owners of the office teams, the club teams to ensure that this does not happen," he said.

"Age fraud leads to an erosion of culture," he added.

"It leads to a scenario where a lot of talented boys don't get to play, when they should actually be playing," he went on to say.

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Dravid urged players to remember why they took up cricket in the first place, the enjoyment and love for the game.

"Not everyone of you will go on to play Ranji Trophy or for India or get an IPL contract. But don't let selection come in the way of your enjoyment. If you are always worried about your next selection, you will never enjoy the game."

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