Team India focusing on Champions Trophy, says Dhoni

London (United Kingdom), June 10 (ANI): Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday continued to keep mum on the controversies surrounding the sixth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), and said that his side is at the moment focusing on the ongoing Champions Trophy.

Dhoni said: "No channels come here so whatever is happening is happening back home, so we don't get to hear anything and can focus on our games."

"Being in the present helps, and, it is important to sideline things that are not in your control."

Dhoni was last month bombarded with a volley of questions on spot fixing in the India Premier League (IPL) but he evaded them all with a smile.

Dhoni, who leads Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, was asked three to four questions about the scandal but didn't answer them during the press conference before leaving for the Champions Trophy in England.

Super Kings chief executive Gurunath Meiyappan, who is also the son-in-law of board president N. Srinivasan, has been arrested by Mumbai Police for his links in the spot-fixing scandal.

Gurunath's name was revealed after police arrested Bollywood actor Vindu Dara Singh Randhawa for spot fixing. Vindu was often pictured with Dhoni's wife Sakshi, cheering for Super Kings during the IPL matches.

During the press conference, Dhoni was also asked if he personally knew Vindu, but he answered with a smile as a board official seated next to the India captain said "next question please."

Dhoni was also asked why was he keeping mum and skipped two pre-match press conferences during the IPL and also if the spot-fixing scandal will have any affect on the players in the Champions Trophy, but he chose to ignore them all. He also refused to answer when asked if fans can have faith in the Indian team in the Champions Trophy in the midst of the scandal.

Dhoni has been always known for speaking out his mind but he decided to evade questions since the scandal is under police investigations.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will be setting up a commission to probe Gurunath's role in spot-fixing.

The spot-fixing scandal came to light with the arrest of three Rajasthan Royals cricketers - Ankeet Chavan, Ajit Chandila and Sreesanth. By Praful Kumar Singh(ANI)


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