The International Cricket Council (ICC) has praised the Pakistan Board of Cricket (PCB) call to make match-fixing a criminal offence and have welcomed their call to make criminal activities and spot-fixing activities as a crime that deserves high punishment.
The spokesperson from ICC on the relevant matter added,
“In countries where it is (match-fixing) already illegal, we work closely with law enforcement agencies which enables us to carry out our work more effectively and acts as a strong deterrent to the criminals trying to corrupt the game of cricket,” the ICC spokesperson was quoted as saying in Dawn.
He also stated how such types of laws have worked wonders in Sri Lanka. “We have seen the positive impact of the recent introduction of such legislation in Sri Lanka,” he added.
Earlier, Ehsan Mani said that there is no need to make criminal activities and spot-fixing scandals an offence in Pakistan and we will follow the older guidelines. He further told that he has discussed the matter with the government but now he has updated his statement.
“We abide by the ICC guidelines and I believe there is a need to make match-fixing a criminal offence in Pakistan like it is in New Zealand, Australia, and Sri Lanka. I have already talked to the government in this regard,” Mani said.
Many Pakistani players have involved themselves in spot-fixing scandals. Sharjeel Khan, M. Amir, Saleem Malik, Nasir Jamshed, and Salman Butt are the notable figures. Saleem got a ban for a lifetime, however, Naseer has been imprisoned by UK court for years and Sharjeel has made a comeback after the rehabilitation process.
However, former legendary batsman, Javed Miandad thinks that such players shall be hanged instead of low punishments, they deserve more than that.