India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Tuesday that allegations of match-fixing in the IPL are serious and should be handled carefully.
"Match-fixing is the worst allegation against a cricketer... anyone involved should be punished. Cricket should be clean," said Dhoni, who led the Chennai Super Kings to their maiden triumph in the third IPL tournament here Sunday.
"If something has happened, the cricketer should be punished extremely harshly. But no step should be taken against a cricketer if he has not done anything. It can hurt him big time," Dhoni was quoted as saying on NDTV.
Dhoni hoped that all the controversies surrounding cricket's multi-billion dollar Twenty20 league would be sorted out soon.
"Lalit (Modi) was part of it for three seasons... there were quite a few allegations and it's up to the authorities to see what has happened. They will come up with something that's good for everyone before the next IPL. We have one year, let's hope for the best," he said.