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I hope it does not happen: Dravid

The former captain expresses reservations over the auctioning of cricketers, at a media interaction.

cricket Updated: Mar 22, 2008 21:26 IST

Former captain Rahul Dravid on Saturday expressed reservations over the auctioning of cricketers for the Indian Premier League (IPL) and hoped it does not happen again.

"I hope it does not happen again," Dravid said in response to a question from a student while interacting with children of five schools, run by the Vellammal Education Trust in Chennai.

Dravid's comments followed similar remarks by Tamil Nadu Chief minister M Karunanidhi, who said he does not approve of the auctioning. "It is not acceptable to me," Karunannidhi, an avid cricket follower, told the media in Chennai.

In his interaction with the students on a host of issues, Dravid said that team performance is always rated higher than individual glory. "It will be the wish of every Indian cricketer to contribute his mite for the team cause," he said.

Spending about four hours in five different schools of the trust, Dravid said teamwork by students would result in better performance in studies and sporting activities. "It is important that students should be focused in their studies. But sports will help in leadership qualities," he said.