Stuart Broad suggests life ban on match fixers

London: England all-rounder Stuart Broad has said that all match fixers should be banned for life, while former Indian all-rounder Ravi Shastri has said spending seven to eight years in jail would be a more acceptable deterrent.

Reacting to the ban handed down to former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent on Tuesday, Broad, said there`s no excuse now around awareness of match-fixing.

He was speaking at a news conference in London on Tuesday organised by sponsors Investec ahead of the forthcoming England-India Test series, reports Sport 24.

Lectures on what to watch out for, or help lines should be done away with, and action should be seen to be taken by the ICC through its various protocols, the 28-year-old Nottinghamshire pacer said.

He said the prospect of a life ban would scare a lot of people.

Former India all-rounder Ravi Shastri said he hoped his country would follow the example of other leading cricket nations, including England, in changing the law to make fixing a criminal offence.

The Indian Constitution, he said, only inadequately allows for criminal prosecution, and added that if a young cricketer or for that matter any cricketer knew that he would spend seven to eight years in jail instead of facing a life ban; that would give them the shivers.

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