Pak cricket will not tolerate rotten eggs: Senator
Karachi: Pakistan cricket will not tolerate "rotten eggs" and any player found guilty of `match-fixing` or `spot-fixing` should be banned for life, member of the country`s Senate Standing Committee on Sports Tashir Mashidi said on Monday.
Reacting to the scandal, which implicates captain Salman Butt, pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir, wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and three other unnamed players, Mashidi said the guilty should be banned.
"If rigging of any type, whether it is `spot-fixing` and `match-fixing` has taken place, we would take a very serious view of it and we want action to be taken against these players if they are found guilty either by the Scotland Yard or the ICC," Mashidi said.
"If these players or the Pakistan Cricket Board officials accompanying them are found guilty, we want the strictest of action. We feel offended by the actions of these greedy players," he added.
The furore follows a sting operation by a British tabloid in which a bookie, Mazhar Majeed, is seen boasting about the bribes he paid to get Asif and Aamir bowl no balls during Pakistan`s Lord`s Test against England, which the visitors lost by an innings and 225 runs.
Mashidi said there was no place for tainted players in the game.
"We will not tolerate rotten eggs. We mush show zero tolerance for guilty players. They should be banned for life," he told a news channel.