New Delhi: Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi alleged that corruption in cricket is not just restricted to his nation but exists in other countries too where the cricket boards often bury the matter.
"It`s not only in Pakistan, it happens in other countries too where the cricket boards bury the matter," Afridi said after three Pakistani players were sentenced to jail for their role in the spot-fixing scandal,
Salman Butt, 27, was sentenced to two and a half years, Mohammad Asif, 28, was handed a one-year term, while 19-year-old Mohammad Amir was sentenced to six months in the young offenders` detention centre instead of jail, making them the first cricketers ever to be imprisoned for corruption.
Afridi felt it will set an example for the entire cricketing world.
"It`s an example for not just Pakistan but for cricketers from all over the world. It`s not about me, it has damaged the reputation of the team, the whole nation and the cricket world. I hope it sets an example for the future generation of cricketers," Afridi said.
About the fixers getting access to players, Afridi said "it`s not always easy to identify whether one is a bookie or not. It`s not written on their face. And moreover, they become friends, agents and managers of the players."
While sympathising with the families of the jailed players, Afridi said whether it was a mistake, or they were trapped, there is no excuse for the guilty ones.
"All three are like my younger brothers. In fact I had played a role in making Butt the Test skipper when I retired. But there cannot be any excuse, whatever has happened is very bad," he told a TV channel.
Asked for ways to curb corruption in cricket in Pakistan, Afridi said like in India, the domestic players should be paid well so as to prevent them from getting involved in match-fixing and other forms of corrupt activities.