Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly on Friday criticized MS Dhoni's silence on the spot-fixing issue, saying Dhoni should at least have come out with a one-line statement outlining his stance to reassure the fans.

"Dhoni is in the toughest position at the moment. But he should have made a one-line statement. He could have said, 'Listen, we have got a Champions Trophy to play and we can restore the faith by winning it.'

I can sympathize with him as everyone wants an explanation from him," Ganguly told a TV channel.

Ganguly, however, backed Dhoni on the 'conflict-of-interest' issue, saying it was not the captain's fault that he was the executive vice-president of India Cements or had been picked up at the auctions by CSK.

"It is not his fault that he was picked up by CSK. It is not his fault that Gurunath is involved in betting. I don't think there is any conflict of interest there."

Asked if the IPL failed to keep a check on players, Ganguly said, "It is not possible to monitor everyone. We were told to be careful."

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