Imran against life ban on guilty players
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
New Delhi, Sept 1: Former captain Imran Khan does not approve of life bans on the guilty Pakistani players for spot-fixing during the Lord’s Test as it does not influence the outcome of the game and said limited sanctions and huge fines should be imposed on the cricketers for their criminal activities.
Imran also feels the entire Pakistan team should not be banned for the criminal activities of a few national players.
“I think the ICC is going to take its own decision. But in my opinion the message should go that the crime does not pay. For spot fixing, bowling a no ball they should suffer heavy on their pocket and be imposed a heavy fine than a life ban. It really should set an example and fine should be huge,” Imran said.
“It should be a proper ban that they should be out of cricket for a while but differentiate between the two. Once a team deliberately throws a match there is nothing but a life ban.
“Secondly one indulge in such way like spot betting that does not affect the out come of the game, they should suffer financially and limited ban, not a life ban. Otherwise how will we find out the spot betting,” he told CNN-IBN.
Angered by the spot-fixing allegations, many critics have demanded a ban on the Pakistan cricket team but Imran said it would be unfair to ostracise a complete side for the criminal activities of a few individuals.
“Why should Pakistan cricket be banned? What the Pakistan cricket has to do with this?” the former Pakistan skipper questioned.
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