New Delhi: 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. One a team deliberately throws a team 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 a news channel.
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.
“If a cricketer indulge in crime, for instance if an Indian cricketer indulge in shop lifting would you ban the whole team?” Imran asked.
“It’s a crime and the criminal should be punished but the game of cricket must go on. You can’t allow Pakistan cricket to suffer for these guys. The anger and demoralisation in Pakistan is far more than in any other country,” he said.
The former all-rounder also blamed the Pakistan Cricket Board for not probing the fixing allegations right to its roots when match-fixing first surfaced in 1993.
“I had captained for 10 years and left in 1992. We heard about match-fixing for the first time in 1993. I remember there was an enquiry about match-fixing and I remember approaching the enquiry.”
“I think there was an experience in it. If they had followed that enquiry right to the root of the problem and they had ensured to go against anyone behind this incident we would have not been in this situation today,” Imran said.