Friday, August 9, 2013

Banned Amir backs calls to match-fixing a crime

Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Amir has backed former India captain Rahul Dravid call to make match fixing a criminal offence. 

Amir, who was jailed in England for corruption and is also serving a 5-year ban for spot fixing during a test at Lord in 2010, urged the International Cricket Council to review and change its present system of anti-corruption enforcement and laws. 

"Fixing of cricket matches must be made an criminal offence where the punishment should be hard jail," Amir, who was released after 3 months of his 6-month prison sentence in England, told the Geo Super sports channel on Thursday.

Make fixing a criminal offence: Dravid

Only then will players be willing to report any come up to or offer or unusual movement to the ICC anti-corruption and security unit officers or their managing without fear.

Earlier this week Dravid, who has been named as a witness in a major spot-fixing scandal that tainted this year IPL Twenty20 competition, said merely calming players of the perils of match-fixing was not enough.
I have been through a lot at a young age and I have learnt a lot. I made expensive mistakes. But in order to prevent others from being lured into corruption tougher laws are compulsory by the ICC," said the 21-year-old, who was banned in 2011 by an ICC anti-corruption court with team mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif.

Main thing is that the ICC needs to keep track of all phone calls made by players and official during a tour or match even if they need help of local police to make this legally possible.

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