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Pakistan's Sa Mir wants life-time ban for spot-fixers

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  22 March 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Lahore, March 21: With the spot-fixing scandal gripping Pakistan cricket once again, this time in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), women’s team skipper Sa Mir on Tuesday said those found guilty must not be allowed to represent the country again at any cost.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has provisiolly suspended five cricketers — Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Shahzaib Khan, sir Jamshed and paceman Mohammad Irfan — on suspicion of alleged spot-fixing in the recently-held PSL T20 tourment.
Reacting to the PSL spot-fixing scandal, Sa said such incidents, which mar the reputation of the game in the country must be dealt with seriously.
“Whoever disrespects the green-shirt should be banned and punished without any mercy,” the Dawn newspaper quoted Sa as saying at the tiol Stadium on Monday.
“Match-fixing and spot-fixing had brutally damaged the image of Pakistan cricket as well as that of Pakistan.”
“This is a very serious issue and should be dealt with accordingly. The players found guilty of fixing should not be allowed to represent Pakistan again,” she added.
This is not the first time when the mece of spot-fixing has hit Pakistan cricket. In 2010, Pakistan suffered a huge blow when then Test skipper Salman Butt, and pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were convicted for spot-fixing during the tour of England.
Hailing Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq for his contribution in resurrecting the image of the tiol side in the wake of 2010 spot-fixing scandal, Sa said: “Misbah played a great role in removing the stigma of spot-fixing from Pakistan cricket after taking over the captaincy.”
Expressing her satisfaction that no fixing activity occurred in women’s cricket, Sa said: “Wearing the Pakistan cap has always been a pride.”
Back in 2000, former skipper Salim Malik and pacer Ata-ur-Rehman were banned for life for their involvement in match-fixing while several others were fined. IANS

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