Kolkata: Apologising on behalf of MS Dhoni, who could not attend the pre-match conference, Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said on Saturday that the team players and support staff are distressed about the news related to the franchise.
Fleming said that everyone in the team management was proud to have represented CSK in the past six seasons and that none of their players had any knowledge of betting or spot-fixing. "We are very proud of having played in all 6 seasons," Fleming said adding, "Players have no knowledge of betting or spot fixing."
Fleming said they had a battle on their hands against Mumbai on Sunday. "It is a great record so far but we are up against a very good side in Mumbai," Fleming said. "We have had some great battles against them this year.
"I guess one of the other issues is what was involved in the statement. That puts more pressure on the side, but we welcome that. Chennai are a side that has risen through a lot of challenges. We are very proud to have come this far. We are very much looking forward to a big final."
Speaking on the final, Michael Hussey, who attended the conference along with Fleming said: "Boys will be excited to be on the field and put the controversies behind us and put our hundred percent."
Earlier, Chennai and Mumbai captains Dhoni and Rohit Sharma skipped the pre-match press conference ahead of their teams final at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.
Generally, the captains of both the sides attend the pre-match and post-match media conferences. But, on this occasion, coaches of Chennai and Mumbai - Fleming and John Wright - addressed the media.
The decision to skip the conference might have been taken because of the media attention that the fixing scandal has been getting in the past one week or so.
Dhoni's CSK have been the centre of attention, with the team official Gurunath Meiyappan being arrested by the Mumbai Police on Friday night for his alleged involvement in the fixing scam.
Speculation was rife after Meiyappan's arrest that the franchise will be scrapped according to the IPL rule book; however, sources told CNN-IBN that wouldn't happen. Also ending speculation about his future as the BCCI president, BCCI chief and Meiyappan's father-in-law N Srinivasan confirmed that he wouldn't quit his post. Sources added that there would be no meeting of the BCCI to decide its president's fate before the IPL 6 final.