Dhoni backs IPL to ride out crisis

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India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is certain the future of the Indian Premier League is not in doubt, despite the tournament facing its worst crisis to date.

Lalit Modi, the former chairman and commissioner of the IPL, is facing allegations of having been involved in serious misdemeanours.

Modi was suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India pending an inquiry and was also issued a show-cause notice.

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 title triumph in the tournament last week, believed the tournament would emerge unscathed.

"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," he said.

Dhoni believed the IPL, now headed by BCCI vice-president Chirayu Amin, would ensure everything is set in order.

"It's difficult to say how much of an impact Lalit Modi's absence would have on the tournament," Dhoni said.

"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." Media reports suggest several players were involved in match-fixing during the second edition of the tournament in South Africa last year, but Dhoni cautioned against rushing to conclusions.

"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% 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."