Spot-fixing a threat to cricket: Miandad

first_imgPakistan cricket great Javed Miandad believes spot-fixing is more damaging to the game than match-fixing and urged the recently banned players to assist in purging it from the game.The International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption tribunal last weekend banned Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir for a minimum of five years for bowling no-balls at predetermined times in a Test against England to fix spot-betting markets.Miandad, a director general of the Pakistan Cricket Board, said the banned trio should now assist the ICC and the PCB to identify those people involved in rigging betting markets, and thereby harming the game. His remark may have an impact on the upcoming cricket World Cup starting on February 19.”If the players identify the bad elements in the game, only then we can fight with this spot-fixing menace,” Miandad said.”It (spot-fixing) can’t be finished if the players do not cooperate.”The tribunal also directed the banned players to participate – under the auspices of the PCB – in a program of anti-corruption education.”It’s a good programme, but it’s the responsibility of the players to be honest because they are the ones who are directly approached by bad guys,” Miandad said.”I’m sure no one has the guts to buy a cricketer without the consent of the player himself.”Mohammad Aamer, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt.Miandad was part of Pakistan’s World Cup winning squad in 1992 and holds the record of most Test runs for Pakistan with 8,832 runs from 124 Test matches.He said spot-fixing poses a greater threat to the integrity of the game than match fixing because it provides more opportunity to fix betting markets; there is only one win-loss result per match, but there are vast numbers of bets on events within games.advertisement”In a 50-overs-a-side game players could commit an intentional mistake not once but 600 times,” Miandad said referring to six ball over bowled in a one-day international. “In match-fixing it’s a matter of win or lose, but in this spot-fixing players commit intentional mistakes one after the other.” Miandad said it was difficult to predict about the future of the three players, but termed the tribunal’s decision as a “reasonable verdict.” “It could have been more severe, but it will send a strong message to players all over the world.”last_img

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