Imran urges cricketers to disclose their accounts

Last Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 17:37 PM IST

Kolkata: In order to make cricket corruption-free, former Pakistan captain Imran Khan urged international players to disclose their bank accounts and advised the respective boards to be more vigilant.

Allan Border, Kapil Dev and Imran Khan, all World Cup-winning skippers, voiced their concerns about spot-fixing during a promotional campaign. "To investigate spot fixing is a very difficult thing. I would go a step further and say all accounts of the cricketers should be watched. All the accounts should be disclosed and watched. Unless you do that spot fixing will bring a lot of damage (to cricket)," Imran said.

"I say this as a Pakistani who feels that here is a team in the semi-finals minus two match-winning bowlers (Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir). It saddens me that they are in such a situation. Imagine what would have been the level of the competition if we had those two bowlers," Khan said.

Khan said the ICC had done the right thing by punishing the Pakistani trio of Salman Butt, Asif and Aamir after being found guilty of spot fixing.

"If we want to stamp out corruption from cricket, we have to set an example by getting them punished after being caught. Cricket boards have to be more vigilant," Khan said. "I think it is a problem. We do not know to what extent as it`s very difficult to identify. So it should be a lot of vigilance and beyond the cricket boards as it`s happening with corruptions. It`s a step that ICC should think. It`s the best way to make players worried."

Kapil felt that betting was the mother of all menace. "I would go a stop further. Stop betting and all the problems will be solved. Why bet against your own country. If there will be no money then it will stop spot fixing," the legendary all-rounder said.

While giving a thumbs-up to ICC`s approach towards anti-corruption, former Australian skipper Allan Border rued that the world body lacks powers and only acts as a custodian. "The ICC is doing everything that is possible. But the only trouble with the ICC is that they don`t have any policing powers like that of tapping phones.

"But they are making every efforts (of) educating the players, umpires. All the cricketers play with a good spirit, but only there a few rotten apples. ICC is doing everything that could be done."

PTI