WC format encourages match-fixing: Rashid Latif
Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Rashid Latif believes that the current World Cup format encourages match-fixing.
Latif said that the 14-team line-up for the six-week tournament opens the door to corruption on the back of bribes from illegal sub-continental bookmakers.
“The formation is such that even if a top team loses a match or two this really will not stop it from qualifying for the quarterfinals,” Latif said.
“It is obvious that the real competition will only start from the quarter-final stage.
This means it encourages bookmakers to try to corrupt players to indulge in white collar spot-fixing crime in the group matches,” he added.
Latif further said that the event in the future should be restricted to the leading eight test teams.